Via Roger Carr's blog post at Everyday Giving, Dr. Mani was introduced to the Sharing Foundation and became a donor to the America's Giving Challenge campaign. He also retwittered to his network. Thank you Dr. Mani and thank you Roger for introducing us to his amazing work:
Dr.Mani is a heart surgeon. He lives in India. He treats little children born with congenital heart defects. Heart surgery is expensive. Many of his patients, from poor families, cannot afford the cost of treatment. So Dr.Mani decided to try and help sponsor the operations. This was the simple concept behind an online adventure that started in 1996.
Ten years later, Dr.Mani's team has raised over $100,000 and funded heart surgery in 23 children, with many more to follow. He's well on his way to achieve an ambitious mission - make high quality heart health care accessible and affordable to every Indian child.
Did one man do this all by himself?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. It was made possible by Dr.Mani's network.
A social network. A group of caring, generous, passionate people who wanted to make a difference, reach out with a helping hand, change the world and make it a better place.
He is an energetic and creative social media fundraiser. I'm in just in awe. Dr.Mani does an annual blogging marathon called the 'Heart Kids Blogathon'. During the event which is scheduled in August-September every year, Dr.Mani updates his blog every 30 minutes with a new post - taking no breaks, day and night, for 24 hours! He also does an "Tag-A-Thon" which is a meme spreader for a cause. His "How to Help Dr. Mani" is an excellent guide to leveraging a social network for good.
Dr. Mani, I am grateful for your support of the Sharing Foundation's America's Giving Challenge. I feel honored to have been introduced to your work with children in India and your expertise in social media from my good friend, Roger Carr, who is helping with the bloggers campaign. I have some much to learn from you!
There has already been over $17,000 for the Sharing Foundation's America's Giving Challenge raised through the unselfish giving of over 600 people like Dr. Mani. If you have not yet donated $10 (or more) to this important cause, there is only a few days left to donate and change a child's life.