Bangalore, Sep 5: Cricketers at Karbonn Smart Karnataka Premier League (KPL) have signed up for a noble cause. Aimed at spreading awareness about how one can save, HCG Foundation in association with Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and KPL announced the launch of a property and registration drive here in Bangalore today.
The initiative by HCG Foundation "I pledge to save 12" is supported by all seven franchises of KPL. The Bangalore leg of matches got under way on Friday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
"I pledge to save 12" will see HCG Foundation along with various partners would organise several awareness and educational drives throughout the city, with an aim to spread the message of how one person can save 12 lives.
The campaign kick-started with the Karbonn KPL where each ticket will carry a pledge form. Post submission of the pledge forms, lucky winners will win free tickets to the Champions League (CLT20) to be held this month in India.
Dr. Ramesh Bilimagga - Trustee IPTS - (I pledge to save 12) and a live donor said, "It has been noted that because of various taboos and superstitious and lack of contacts, organ donation has not reached an appropriate platform. Doing this by educating the public at large will help the community and individuals in need at the right time. We wish through this awareness on humanity, that each one of us will take a pledge in that direction and make our future better and brighter."
Dr. Basant Mahadevappa - Transplant Surgeon - HCG said, "More and more people are suffering from end stage organ failure. However each patient can be saved by performing transplantation in suitable time. Thanks to the advance in medicines, we can do this through living donors and donors after brain dead. Patients after brain dead can save upto 12 lives by donating suitable organs for transplantation."
Dinesh Madhavan, Director - (I Pledge to Save 12) said, "I believe that campaign will create a chain where after a pledge a person will request 12 of his friends take a pledge and thus create a national registry of pledging to donate one's organs and save lives. We hope to leverage this on social media by creating awareness and overcoming the barriers on this selfless act."
KSCA president PR Ashok Anand said, "The Karbonn Smart Karnataka Premier League aims to promote talent at a grassroots level and give cricketers a platform to enhance their skills. If this tournament can also tie up with a noble cause like organ donation, we would be privileged to be associated with the same. We extend our whole hearted support to the cause and hope that we are able to make a difference in whatever way possible."