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Actor wins a hundred hearts

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: He has won many hearts over the years through his performance in movies. Now by promoting a noble cause, he has ensured that more than 100 children will live with perfect hearts for the rest of their lives.

Film actor Mammootty's plea over the social networking sites to mobilise help for the heart surgery of children has evoked aid worth about Rs. 1 crore within a day.

The request was made on behalf of the Hridaya Sparsham project of the Care and Share International Foundation, a charity organisation working towards removing the inequalities in society. Mammootty is a patron of the foundation.

Susheela George, the correspondent of Sherwood International School, Abu Dhabi, pledged support to undertake 100 surgeries over a period of five years.

The response came within 24 hours after the actor posted the request in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and in his blog.

Five surgeries will be undertaken every three months using this assistance. The cost of surgery varies between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 1.25 lakh. Money for the first five surgeries will be deposited with the actor's office this Thursday.

“There are many pressing demands on your time and money; however, I strongly believe that Hridaya Sparsham is a worthy cause. It is an opportunity to give back to the world, which has given us so much. More importantly, it is an opportunity to give a child the one thing that no one should take away from him; his life,” Mammootty wrote in his request.

In addition to the aid from Abu Dhabhi, assistance for 30 more surgeries has also been received in response to the request.

The foundation expects more help in the days to come. It had already conducted 60-odd heart surgeries under the Hridaya Sparsham scheme while another 3,000 applications were pending.

Many of the applicants need immediate surgery and it was in view of this urgency that Mammootty chose to appeal to people through the social networking sites.

Those interested in making contributions may contact Fr. Thomas Kurian at 94964-51821, 0484-3103533 or email to info@careandshare.in

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