FACTS: Congenital Heart Disease is caused by defects in the structure of the heart. These defects are present at birth and affect the normal functioning of the heart. If left untreated, CHD can cause severe medical complications, many times leading to death. Most cases require surgical intervention, with costs typically falling in the range of INR 2.5L to 5L per surgery, depending on the complexity. So, even if CHD is detected, these high costs deter underprivileged children from getting the life-saving treatment they urgently need.
LET’S HEARTIFY, is committed to making a positive change in this bleak picture, by spreading awareness of CHD, the most common, yet largely unknown birth defect claiming millions of children’s lives all over the world. To help innocent children who are born with life-threatening heart defects, Let’s Heartify is now running this crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Rotary, Needy Heart Foundation and Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology. Without timely surgeries, many children ailing with CHD do not survive and those who do manage to live, lead very painful lives, forever in and out of hospitals. No child deserves this.
What if just INR 30,000 can save a life?
Rotary Indiranagar has arranged hugely subsidized heart surgeries for these little heart-kids. At only 1.2L INR, as opposed to the usual 2.5L to 5L that a pediatric cardiac surgery typically costs, with the help of government subsidies and an INR 30000+ funding from Rotarians, one ailing child can be operated upon, free of cost. At our end, we just need to raise another INR 30,000 to cover the gap. That is one life saved!
LET'S RAISE MAXIMUM FUNDS
LET'S SAVE MANY LIVES
We intend to save as many heart-kids as possible. With your generosity, let's, together, help save these children and fill their homes with hope, love, and laughter.
The money raised will be transferred directly to Rotary Indiranagar, Bangalore, at the end of the campaign. Rotary, together with Needy Heart Foundation (an NGO that works for underprivileged children battling heart conditions), will then fund Jayadeva hospital to perform the surgeries and save the life of a poor child. All details will be shared with Let’s Heartify and we shall send you regular updates on the children and their progress so that you know how your kind donations are being utilized.
Please donate generously and share this campaign link with others in your circles - it is a child’s life at stake. Every rupee matters. Every second counts.
As a funder of this campaign, you can claim 80-G tax benefits. All receipts are issued by Rotary, a non-profit organization.
ABOUT ME & THIS CAMPAIGN
I am Crish Chengappa, a Class XII student at Delhi Public School, Bangalore North, and Founder of Let’s Heartify – a one-stop awareness and information online portal to help alleviate Congenital Heart Disease.
When not tearing my hair over studies, I enjoy my gym work-outs, playing rock guitar, cricket, football, golf, and squash. I also manage a fair share of console gaming, reading, blogging, and coding.
But now, to continue with my efforts at combating Congenital Heart Disease, I am seeking your help so that innocent little children with ailing hearts and a zillion dreams, can 'get a life'.
Let’s help fix little hearts and save children's lives!
ABOUT LET’S HEARTIFY
In 2017, as part of his school campaign (the first-ever online crowdfunding campaign of its kind and scale) which funded around 40 pediatric cardiac surgeries, Crish Chengappa’s individual campaign alone supported five surgeries, instantly saving FIVE critically ill heart-kids. This momentous experience at just 15 years of age, motivated Crish to keep the fight going.
A few months later, in 2018, on his 16th birthday, Crish founded Let’s Heartify, to spread awareness of Congenital Heart Disease and help save children, especially the underprivileged, losing their lives to the world's #1 birth defect. Let’s Heartify intends to beat a massive lack of awareness that has created a huge gap between 'need' and 'available support', so that a congenital disease which claims innocent children’s lives all over the world, can be contained, from one, easy-to-access portal.
Let's Heartify is your one-stop awareness portal to help alleviate CHD.
Through information broadcasts on social media, on-ground screening camps and fundraising activities, Let's Heartify raises awareness and connects like-minded folks in the field of CHD, to create a community that will come together to beat a dreaded disease that claims millions of young lives every year.
“Started by a child, to save other children, the Let's Heartify movement is something you really want to be a part of.” - CHD funder and supporter of Let’s Heartify
To know more about CHD, why we must help and how easy it is to make a difference, download the Let's Heartify app on your android device or log in to letsheartify.com and register your interest. Also, follow the Let’s Heartify page on Facebook and let more people know.
Start now! Care, contribute and share.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THIS CAMPAIGN
This fundraiser is aimed at covering the costs of pediatric cardiac surgeries for underprivileged heart-kids. Even a small contribution will go a long way. The funds from this campaign will be transferred to Rotary (as they are a registered NGO and you can claim tax benefits). They, together with Needy Heart Foundation, will route it to Jayadeva hospital. Once the campaign ends, regular updates will be posted on this page to keep funders abreast of which child received the surgery, the outcome of the surgery and the progress of the child’s condition.
JAYADEVA INSTITUTE OF CARDIOLOGY
Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore, is a tertiary care autonomous institute run by the Government of Karnataka. Located on Bannerghatta road in Bangalore, it is a 600-bed hospital with state-of-the-art facilities. Presently, it serves close to 1000 patients on a daily basis, with Dr. C.N Manjunath, Director and Prof Cardiology as the key contact. Jayadeva hospital has conducted over 3000 Open Heart Surgeries, 10500 Coronary Angiograms and 4000 other procedures including Angioplasties and Valvuloplasty.
LOCATION & MAP
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as Rotary Club of Indiranagar and Jayadeva hospital are registered trusts and you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the Indian IT Act.
Foreign funding is not accepted.
Funders who wish to contribute from outside India may please contact the campaigner for further advice.
FEEDBACK THAT YOU CAN EXPECT
To ensure complete transparency, this fundraiser will run only on the verified FuelADream online platform. There will be no cash-in-hand transactions. Your contributions will be visible on this page itself, under the FUNDERS tab. Once the funds raised are transferred to the partner hospital, the campaigner receives a report (this takes between 1 to 3 months) with information on the beneficiaries of this effort. The same will be posted here under UPDATES (see image below, from Crish Chengappa’s 2017 campaign page). As soon as the update is posted, you will receive an SMS and EMAIL alert. Simply click on the link to see which child you helped.
Will we get to know the details on how the money was spent?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar. It will take from 4-8 months after that to get details of which child/children have been benefited. Once I get this information from them I shall upload this on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert and can read details about the beneficiaries.
When do I get the receipts?
It takes up to 2-3 weeks after the campaign is closed for the monies to be transferred to Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar. The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.