Aster volunteers launch Heart2Heart walks
Aster Volunteers, the global CSR arm of Aster DM Healthcare, one of the largest integrated networks of healthcare providers in the GCC countries and India, yesterday launched the second edition of “Heart2Heart Walks” at the occasion of World Heart Day.
The global initiative aims to encourage people to walk for their heart health, while giving them a greater cause to save the lives of underprivileged children in need of heart surgery.
The second edition of #Heart2Heart by Aster Volunteers, which started at Aster Hospital, Old Airport, will run until October 16. During this period, those wishing to participate can register online via heart2heart.astervolunteers.com and walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day for two weeks of the campaign period.
Through the combined efforts of the participating individuals, the Aster DM Foundation will donate Rs100 for a minimum of 10,000 steps per day, in support of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery for underprivileged children through the Aster Volunteers Treatment Aid scheme. The initiative will end on October 16 and the person who completes the most stages will be rewarded.
Dropping the initiative, Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare, said: “Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, but half of it is preventable. In India, 2 million children have undetected congenital heart problems. Through Aster Volunteers’ Heart2Heart Walk initiative, we at Aster want to encourage people to take proactive steps to protect their heart health and help underprivileged children with heart disease have a healthy future. Our efforts are in line with WHO’s theme for World Heart Day 2022 – “Using the heart for every heart”. Let’s give hope to people, let’s walk for our own health and for the smiles of underprivileged children.
The launch of the initiative in Dubai and Qatar will see local chapters of Aster DM Healthcare through its “Aster”, “Medcare” and “Access” brands organize this campaign in seven countries engaging its network of 29 hospitals, 121 clinics , 421 pharmacies, 17 laboratories and 109 patient experience centers, encouraging the participation of local communities.
Last year, the ‘Heart2Heart Walks’ organized by Aster Volunteers contributed Rs2.26mn for pediatric-cardiac surgeries for underprivileged children. To contribute this year, participants will need to record their steps on their gadgets/smartphones and share their step count via screenshots on heart2heart.astervolunteers.com or WhatsApp on UAE number – +971 565398486.
Alternatively, it can be uploaded to their social media channel with #Heart2Heart and #Astervolunteers.