John Abraham, Bollywood actor and producer flagged off the Marathon organised for kids at Bandra Kurla Complex on Sunday. The event saw thousands of kids running the marathon for a noble cause.
More than 27,000 children from across the city participated in the Marathon. During the event, John Abraham said, "I am happy to be the brand ambassador of the Wadia Children's Cardiac Center, which is celebrating the 6th year of Little Hearts Marathon. It is the need of the hour to bring awareness about good health and exercise at a young age itself."
The proceeds from the marathon are used to provide subsidized care for children ailing from various heart diseases. The event was organised by Wadia Hospital for the noble cause of helping children who are facing cardiac health problems at a young age.
The hospital had organised five editions of Marathon in the past. This event has helped the hospital to come up with state of the art infrastructure, high-end equipment and excellent doctors team with trained nurses.
The Nobel cause has helped them in saving lives of over thousands of children suffering from Cardiac ailments. The hospital assures that they will continue to organise the noble cause.
Approximately 100,000 babies are born each year with “major” and “critical” Congenital heart disease (CHD) in India. As symptoms of congenital heart diseases begin at 1 or 2 months of age, often the diagnosis of the same is missed; making it the biggest reason for increased mortality and morbidity.
According to reports, the general lack of awareness has resulted in the rise of infant mortality rate. Approximately 10 per cent of infant mortality in India can be accounted for by CHD alone.
The number of children who are in waiting list for heart surgeries is more than 500 in Maharashtra state alone. Also the rate of cardiac diseases in young adults is increasingly alarmingly with a sedentary lifestyle. The Little Hearts Marathon also promotes the message of a healthy, active lifestyle amongst children.
The Little Hearts Marathon was divided into 3 different categories - 1.5 km, 2 km, and 3 km run. John Abraham encouraged children to run daily to lead a healthy life.
John Abraham not only supported the event but even cheered and motivated the children to run for a healthy tomorrow. John also gave fitness tips to the students who participated in the marathon.
Bollywood actor-producer John Abraham, along with Corporator and Board Member Datta Pongade, Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals and other dignitaries, flagged off 6th edition of "Little Hearts Marathon 2019' at Bandra Kurla Complex on Sunday. We have pictures (All Pictures/Bipin Kokate)
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