Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shriya - Update

Dear Friends! 

Just a little post here to update you all about the SaveShriya campaign launched by Fortis Foundation. 

Tweets 14,621
Re-Tweets 3617
Total Tweets 18,238

Which means that Fortis foundation will contribute INR 1,82,380/- for Shriya. It translates to 2 months of ERT for her. Which is a big help for Jaydeep and Shivani!

All these tweets were generated in just about 15 days - through word of mouth, through a friend re-tweeting and then another friend re-re-tweeting, through people like Aman sir and Deepak Singh making it their mission to sit the whole night to tweet for Shirya, through celebs like Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan, Sandhya Mridul tweeting and spreading the word to hundreds of others! It was all made possible by people like you and me.  

And I want to thank everyone who read about Shriya here on my blog and cared enough to do something for her. Thank you and you should know that you are a star!!

And finally I appeal you all once again to not forget about Shriya. She needs the ERT (each ERT costs INR 90,000/-) twice every month for at least another 15 years. Keep tweeting, keep mailing and keep talking about Shirya when you can, where you can. And when you have a little more cash, please do not hesitate in helping financially as well. It is a little girl's life at stake!

Take care and God bless!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Joy of Giving

Dear ones,

October 1 - October 8 is the Joy of Giving week. Renowned healthcare group Fortis Foundation has launched a twitter campaign to support Shriya and raise awareness for Gaucher's disease. Fortis has agreed to sponsor one ERT treatment for Shriya. Each ERT costs INR 90,000. And they have also agreed to donate INR 10 for every tweet for Shriya. This is the easiest way you can help Shriya over the next couple of weeks. 

So how does it work? You just need to have a twitter account. To Tweet visit (http://www.fortishealthcare.com/saveshriya) press “TWEET NOW” icon, put your twitter ID and Password. An auto generated tweet message will appear as “I just donated a tweet for saving SHRIYA you should too #saveshriya http://bit.ly/QZndfy”. Make sure you don't change this message. And then just press TWEET. You DO NOT have to draft a message. All you have to do is click. Three clicks and you donate Rs.10 for Shriya's next ERT. 

You can also send your other messages after this tweet message. Multiple tweets from same user will be treated as 1, so when you RT, you are spreading the message and we need to do it at a large scale. Additional tweets should be ending with “#saveshriya http://bit.ly/QZndfy”. 

Fortis is targetting 8500 tweets. Now this is to cover the treatment of ERT. This is also the bare minimum number we want to reach to help sponsor a month's treatment for Shriya. But 8500 is not the upper limit. There IS NO upper limit and this rare but huge opportunity is for the next two weeks only.

Do you think your tweet matters? It does. I was very lucky when I visited the Fortis website (https://saveshriya.fortishealthcare.com/) today afternoon just to check the status. And here's the screenshot I was lucky to take. anusha30 is my Twitter handle. And my tweet was re-tweeted by atleast 5 other people. That's atleast Rs. 60/- for Shriya!! And I am not even popular or active on Twitter. So yes, your little effort matters. It matters a lot for a family really struggling hard to keep the hope floating for their little girl.

Here's a little video Fortis has created for the campaign. 

Please visit, please take a moment to think and please donate. You will feel very happy. It is the Joy of Giving week after all.

Thank you for all you are doing.