#WorldHeartDay: Your 10,000 steps can help an underprivileged child receive life-saving heart surgery

#WorldHeartDay: Your 10,000 steps can help an underprivileged child receive life-saving heart surgery

Dubai: Aster Volunteers has launched the second edition of ‘Heart2Heart Walks’ on the occasion of World Heart Day. The global initiative aims to encourage people to walk for their heart health, while also providing them with a greater cause of saving the lives of underprivileged children in need of heart surgery.

The second edition of #Heart2Heart by Aster Volunteers commenced today at Aster Hospital Mankhool and will run until October 16, 2022. During this period, individuals wishing to participate can register online via heart2heart.astervolunteers.com and walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day for 2 weeks of the campaign period. With the combined efforts of the participating individuals, Aster DM Foundation will be donating INR.100/- for a minimum of 10,000 steps a day, towards Pediatric Cardiac Surgery for underprivileged children through the Aster Volunteers Treatment Aid programme in India. As an extension to this year’s activity, an awareness drive around the initiative will be organised at Al Jazeera Park and Al Buhaira Corniche, Sharjah on 9th October 2022, in partnership with Aster Hospital and Medcare Hospital in Sharjah. The initiative will conclude with a mega event on 16th October 2022 at Zabeel Park, where the people who complete the highest number of steps will be awarded. 

Flagging off the initiative Alisha Moopen – Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare, said, “Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of deaths globally, however, half of these can be prevented. In India, 2 million children have undetected congenital heart issues. Through the Heart2Heart Walk initiative by Aster Volunteers, we at Aster want to encourage people to take proactive measures to safeguard their heart health and support underprivileged children with cardiac ailments in gaining a healthy future. Our efforts are in line with WHO’s the theme of World Heart Day 2022 – ‘Use Heart for Every Heart’. Let us give hope to people, let’s walk for our own health and for the smiles of underprivileged kids.” World Heart Day Child

The initiative kick-starting in Dubai, UAE will see local chapters being organized by units across Aster DM Healthcare network under “Aster”, “Medcare” and “Access’’ consisting of 29 hospitals, 121 clinics, 421* pharmacies, 17 labs and 109 patient experience centres, encouraging participation among the local communities. Last year, the ‘Heart2Heart Walks’ organised by Aster Volunteers had contributed INR 2.26 million for pediatric-cardiac surgeries of underprivileged children, towards the right direction of touching little lives and promising them a healthier tomorrow. To contribute this year, participants will need to record their steps on their gadgets/smartphones and share their step count through screenshots on heart2heart.astervolunteers.com or WhatsApp it on UAE number – +971 565398486. Alternatively, one can upload it in on their social media channel with #Heart2Heart and #Astervolunteers. World Heart Day Child

About Aster Volunteers

Aster Volunteers programme, the global corporate social responsibility initiative of Aster DM Healthcare, was launched on the occasion of the company’s 30th anniversary in 2017 and provides a platform which bridges the gap between people who would like to help those in need. Driven by Aster DM Foundation, through various initiatives, the programme has been able to impact 3.9 million+ lives across geographies. Aster Volunteers have been able to treat 679,898+ individuals through mobile medical camps; 197,028 people have benefitted from Basic Life Support (BLS) awareness training and 47,973 free surgeries, as well as clinical investigations, were conducted; supported by the recruitment of 142 differently abled people of determination and treated 672,963 people through medical camps. Aster Volunteers have also been at the forefront of the battle against COVID – 19 and have impacted 2 million+ lives through various social activities.

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