First Edition of Little Hearts Marathon Concludes in Mumbai
· More than 5000 Little Hearts ran to create awareness on ‘Prevention of Cardiac Disease in Children’ by Wadia Hospital & Siddhivinayak Temple Trust
· Marathon was flagged-off by Salman Khan
Mumbai, 9th February 2014: Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children in association with Siddhivinayak Temple Trust initiated a noble run named “Little Hearts Marathon” - an initiative to create awareness about ‘Prevention of Cardiac Disease in Children’ and for raising funds to set up a ‘State of the Art Cardiac Surgery Department’ in the hospital.
This event marked the presence of Salman Khan who flagged-off the marathon. Nearly 5000 number of children between the ages of 05 – 17 years ran for this noble cause. The 2.3 km run begun from Siddhivinayak Temple and concluded at Wadia Hospital.
Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals, said: “This day marks a significant milestone in the history of Wadia Hospital with the commencement of Little Hearts Marathon. We are thankful to the schools, parents and film fraternity for making this a successful show. We strive to create impact on the lives of children to prevent and fight against cardiac disease. Little Hearts Marathon is planned to spread awareness about cardiac care in children.”
“We’re overwhelmed by the response received for the first edition of Little Hearts Marathon. We hope that our message is heard, our purpose is to help establish a dedicated cardiac surgery department at Wadia Hospital. Siddhivinayk Temple Trust is proud to be associated with such noble cause”, said Subhash Vitthal Mayekar, Chairman, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Trust.
About Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children: The Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children and research centre founded in 1929 is a 300 bedded pioneering pediatric hospital meant exclusively for providing comprehensive healthcare to children with a various kinds of health problems. It symbolizes the philanthropic tradition of the Wadia family. Inspired by their mother’s commitment towards quality healthcare, her sons the late Sir Ness and the late Sir Cusrow set about building the much needed hospitals in Mumbai. The expert team comprising of more than 60 pediatric specialists provides care to over one lakh children on OPD basis and around 10,000 children admitted as inpatients every year. Today, this hospital has some of the best research facilities and the most distinguished medical practitioners in attendance.
About Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Trust: Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust was constituted by Govt. of Maharashtra under the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple (Prabhadevi) Act, 1980 to undertake wider welfare activities for the public. The trust is known for its philanthropic work including donations and charitable activities. Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple is located at Prabhadevi in Mumbai, a two-century-old Temple that is known to fulfill the desires of the worshipers. This temple was first consecrated on Thursday 19th November 1801 as per government records.