RC Coral Gables International Service Project

HEARTLINE ~ THE GIFT OF LIFE:  Rotarians to mend hearts of 30 children from Rwanda

2014 April 20 015

RCC President Hassan Singh Mejie and other luminaries from the Rotary Club of Chandigarh, alongside 7 Rwandan children and their chaperones


This year, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables donated $2,000 to the Rotary Club of Chandigarh’s flagship service project “HEARTLINE: THE GIFT OF LIFE.”  This global grant is designed to bring 30 children in need from Rwanda to Chandigarh, India to provide them with lifesaving heart surgeries at no cost to their families.

The Rotary Club of Chandigarh received the third group of children from Rwanda, who arrived on Sunday, April 20th, for their heart surgeries. The children include Master Prince (9 years old), Miss Brigitte (9), Miss Josiane (14), Miss Dativa (14), Master Fils (17), Miss Vedastine (15), and Evan (7 months).  Evan, who also has Down syndrome, was accompanied by his mother.  Most of the children suffer from rheumatic heart disease and some have a leaky heart valve.  They will be operated on within the next two weeks.

The Rotary Club of Chandigarh has been engaged in providing no-cost heart surgeries to children from various parts of the India as well as from around the globe through a partnership with the world-renown Fortis Hospital in Chandigarh since 1999.  Conceived of by Rotary International Past President Rajendra K. Saboo, this initiative has saved the lives of 499 children to date and counting, including 411 children from India, 15 from Malawi, 15 from Nepal, 15 from Rwanda, 33 from Pakistan, 7 from Uganda, 2 from Afghanistan, and 1 from Iraq.

The Rotary Club of Coral Gables and RCCG Rotarians Rick and Margarita Tonkinson have made contributions to this project in the past and are proud to support the great work of RCCG’s sister Rotary Club in Chandigarh, India.

If you would like to make a personal donation and save a life through this amazing program, please contact RCCG International Service Chair, Noelle A. Galperin at ngalperin@galperinassociates.com.

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