One of the richest and most powerful men in Brazil, Mr. Thane Chiquinho Scarpa, created terror waves when he announced plans to bury his million-dollar Bentley Car right next to his grave so he could drive around the car even after death in leisure. He received lots of media attention and was criticized for the extravagant gesture.
Why wouldn’t he donate the car to charity? How out of touch with reality is this guy?
But, there’s a twist.
“People condemn me because I wanted to bury a million dollar Bentley Car, in fact most people bury something a lot more valuable than my car,” Scarpa said during a speech at a ceremony.
“They bury hearts, livers, lungs, eyes, kidneys. This is absurd. So many people willing and waiting for a transplant and you want to bury your healthy organs that will save so many lives.”
The rate of organ donation in India is only 0.26% per million people.
In India, every year, nearly 5,00,000 people die, because of the unavailability of an organ that could have saved their lives. Imagine a situation where your loved one is battling a severe illness, and the only way to combat it, is to replace the dysfunctional organ. You apply for an organ transplant, and the endless wait begins.
One organ donor can save 8 lives!
With a strong desire to stop people from burying something so valuable, Mr. Rajesh Naidu pledged to be the initiator of a drive that has the potential to grant new lease of life to many. According to him, if all of us pledge to donate our organs after they have served our body, we can just imagine the number of lives we could save everyday!
His intention is to embark upon a road trip to 22 cities around the country, and counsel people on the very fears that stop them from being donors. While this is a long term plan spread over the next 3 years, the goal of the 2017 road trip is to impact 2 million people’s lives, by setting up workshops, quizzes, and awareness programs all over India.
Map & Route of road trip
In order to facilitate this organ donation road trip, they seek your help. With your collective support and help from Mohan Foundation, the raised funds would be utilized for marketing and advertising the events, taking care of food and accommodation of the travelers, and other miscellaneous expenses.
The sad fact is that if people are not educated about it, more patients will continue to die in pursuit of waiting for a transplant. It is not enough on our part just to support the act of organ donation. We need to be a part of it by becoming a donor, as well as doing our bit is raising awareness about it.
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