In an attempt to raise Organ Donation Awareness within Chennai city, MOHAN Foundation (Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network), a not-for-profit organization organized an 'Organ Donation Rally' at the Marina Beach, Chennai, South India from 7 AM to 9 AM. A first-of-its-kind sand sculpture on organ donation was also created on the sands of the Marina beach.
"Tamil Nadu is at the forefront of the deceased organ donation programme in India. The latest statistics show that there have been 230 organ donors in the state from October 2008 till date. As a result 1318 organs and tissues have been donated saving many lives. Events such as this help people realize the importance of this cause and builds positive public will about organ donation," said Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee of MOHAN Foundation.
The rally commenced at the Triumph of Labour statue. Mr. Sharad Sharma, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, handed over the baton for flag off to Mr. Saidai S. Duraisamy, Mayor, Corporation of Chennai, who flagged of the rally.
The rally culminated at the sand sculpture that was created in the sands near the Gandhi statue. The theme of organ donation was beautifully brought out in the sculpted sand by the students of the Govt College of Fine Arts. The ambience was perfect for the students of Madras Christian College who then gave a vibrant street theatre performance on organ donation.
Dr. V. Kanagasabai, Dean, MMC & RGGGH, Dr. M. Panchanathan, JD (MEDL), DMRHS, Dr. N. Muthurajan, Dy. Director of Medical Education, and Dr. V. Palani, Medical Superintendent, addressed the gathering. The 33rd edition of the Indian Transplant newsletter was released by Mr. Anantha Padmanaban, Managing Director, NAC Jewellers and the first copy was received by the Mayor.
Mr. Sharad Sharma, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India presided over the function. He said that SBI as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative had donated a public education van to MOHAN Foundation so that awareness on organ donation could be spread to a wide spectrum of people.
The Chief Guest at the rally, Mayor Saidai Duraisamy, spoke about the importance of involving the youth in the organ donation movement. All the dignitaries pledged their support for organ donation by signing a symbolic Donor Card.
The rally was supported by Madras Medical College, Cadaver Transplant Programme-Govt. of Tamil Nadu, National Network for Organ Sharing, TANKER Foundation, NAC Jewellers, Apollo Hospitals, Lanson Toyota, Sri Raghavendra Constructions and SS Music.
MOHAN Foundation a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation was started to promote deceased organ donation. It is a registered NGO with Income Tax exemption under Section 80G and 35AC and has offices in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Visakhapatnam and USA.
The message that strongly came across in today's rally was: CHOOSE LIFE...WITH MOHAN FOUNDATION...Organ donation is all about giving life - life that only YOU can choose to give, to help thousands of patients waiting for an organ or tissue transplant.