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Heart To Heart with Sunil Gavaskar

USA Tour 2019 hosted by H2H Foundation On Saturday, September 07, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. At the India Community Center, 525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035 

India remains the world capital for Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), with 300,000 children born each year. Without medical/surgical care, 100s of thousands of CHD children die before their 1st birthday, contributing to over 10% of the Infant Mortality Rate, many more die in infancy or in the preschool ages! Only a small fraction of children with CHD can afford the cardiac surgery, which can cost over $100,000 in the United States. 

Heart to Heart (H2H) Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of children born with CHD, by providing FREE pediatric cardiac surgeries in collaboration with the group of Sanjeevani Hospitals in India. Since February 2014, these hospitals have also been providing free-of-cost primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare exclusively to children with CHD. There are no billing department or payment counter located in these hospitals. Currently operating in Naya Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Palwal (Haryana), and Kharghar (Navi Mumbai), H2H is committed to break the vicious “health-poverty cycle” for the rural poor in India and in many other countries. 

Highly competent, comprehensive, compassionate care is given to all patients completely free, while their families receive free housing and free food. Frugal innovations in CHD care have reduced the average cost of an open-heart surgery to only $1,200 per patient, which would otherwise be $75,000 to $125,000 in the United States and $5,000 to $9,000 in India. More details on H2H can be found at https//www.h2h.foundation. 

Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian Legendary cricketer, inspirational speaker, philanthropist and the chairman of H2H foundation is touring all across the USA to raise awareness and funds to support the cause. A recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards for his contribution to Indian cricket, Mr. Gavaskar has personally sponsored 34 surgeries to match his 34 test centuries. 

A Meet & Greet Luncheon event with Sunil Gavaskar is being hosted by H2H Foundation on the 7th of September, 2019, at India Community Center, 525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035. Come, engage in a freewheeling conversation with the cricket legend where he will share interesting anecdotes and inspiring experiences. Interact with Sunil Gavaskar and tap into his wealth of wisdom on leadership, career, and life and take away insights on how to learn, lead, and live. You also get to take away cricket bats and other memorabilia signed by Gavaskar as souvenirs of a memorable event. 

For Event details and tickets, visit https://www.h2h.foundation/H2H-with-Gavaskar Tickets can be purchased at Sulekha.com: $30 (limited seats), $50, $100 

Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. (included with the admission for all) 

For sponsorship & partnership, please call 408-601-0237 or email: info.usa@h2h.foundation 

To learn more about CHD, please contact: Dr. K. J. S. (“Sunny”) Anand, MBBS, D.Phil, Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. Email: anandsunny108@gmail.com


Yogathon at Sevathon – Sun Salutation Marathon

We all have heard of Marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks. Yogathon is a Surya Namaskar (SN) Marathon. Each SN is a series of 10 or 12 poses in a seamless flow; synchronized with one’s breath and typically performed at sunrise and sunset every day. It is ideal for people with busy schedules as it provides various physical and mental benefits packaged into a single routine requiring a small duration of time. SNs are performed to give reverence to the internal Sun, the creative force that radiates inside the body, along with the external Sun — the source of all energy. 

Surya Namaskar is a technique that combines both stimulation and relaxation to reduce stress. Yoga has a lesser chance of injury to muscles and joints compared to other forms of exercise due to the continuous variability of muscle length and also due to the emphasis on awareness of breath and body throughout the practice. Yoga also helps one in handling difficult situations of life as yoga builds mental strength and will-power. Many scientific journals have reported physiological benefits of Surya Namaskars. While one research paper suggests that SNs improve muscle strength [Bhutkar, et al, Asian J Sports Med. 2011 Dec; 2(4): 259–266], another paper suggests SN can act as a great cardiovascular exercise [Mody J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2011 Jul;15(3)].

Sevathon is an annual event hosted by the India Community Center. At Sevathon, over 100 nonprofits partner and over 3000 attend each year: Yoga Bharati leads Yogathon at Sevathon where children, adults, and seniors get together to practice 108, or 51, or 24 SNs.  Over 100 people gathered last year in a spectacular show of Surya Namaskars. It is also the annual fund-raising event for the non-profits including Yoga Bharati.

Venue: Arena Green, San Jose

Date: September 8th Sunday, 2019; 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Vidya danam, Param danam – Education is the best form of service. Help us give true education — Yoga Vidya! Come together to perform yoga! Collect pledges for your chosen non-profit organization – Yoga Bharati.  

Please send any inquiries to sny@yogabharati.org or visit https://yogabharati.org/sevathon for more information!