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The Association "Save a Heart" and the Swiss Trafigura Foundation are running the second edition of the international project "Save a Heart", aimed at saving Romanian children from disadvantaged families who have been diagnosed with serious heart defects.
The humanitarian campaign will take place online on the https://salveazaoinima.ro/campaigns/save-a-heart-2/, and every donation made on the platform will be matched by the Swiss foundation. At the first edition,held last year, both Romanians and foreigners donated 22,622 Euros, which was doubled by Trafigura. The total of 45,244 Euros was directed for surgery and postoperative treatments that 19 children with severe heart defects endured.
The international humanitarian project was initiated by Simona Pernot, a Romanian woman based in Switzerland, who is employed by the international company Trafigura. Just like last year, Simona will run, and this year, with a group of Swiss colleagues and friends, at the International Marathon in Lausanne (Switzerland) on October 30th, to convince participants from all over the world to contribute to the rescue of sick children in Romania.
The Trafigura Foundation, established in 2007, ran 51 social empowerment programs in 29 countries last year, allocating about $5 million in funding. The "Save a Heart" Association is the first and only organization in Romania with which Trafigura collaborates.
By the end of 2016, the Save a Heart Association and the Trafigura Foundation set out to save 50 children with heart defects. Since the beginning of the year, the Romanian NGO has raised the necessary funds to rescue more than 70 children born with various serious malformations, with humanitarian campaigns joining more than 50,000 individuals and companies, who have donated more than 700,000 Euros this year.
The Trafigura Foundation, established in 2007, has so far run 48 social empowerment programs in 35 countries, and since 2008 has supported these programmes with over $38 million. The "Save a Heart" Association is the first and only organization in Romania with which Trafigura collaborates.
By the end of 2016, the Save a Heart Association aims to save 45 sick children with heart. Since the beginning of the year, the Romanian NGO has raised the necessary funds for the surgery of 5 heart-sick children, who have been operated on at the Cardiopediatric Center, the center specializing in pediatric cardiosurgery in Monza Hospital, Romania where these interventions can be performed. The operations were performed by the team of Dr. Mircea Cotul, primary pediatric cardiovascular surgery physician, together with Dr. Antonela Mureşan, primary physician anesthesia and pediatric intensive care. At the same time, the Save a Heart Association has financially supported operations or treatments for 20 other children and young people with various malformations, with humanitarian campaigns joining more than 10,000 people and businesses, who have donated more than 260,000 Euros this year.
"I am pleased that the Trafigura Foundation has agreed to double the funds we will raise in this campaign and I am pleasantly impressed by the initiative of some colleagues and friends to join this cause. In the end, every contribution counts to give these children a chance at life. I hope that this campaign will find echo in many good souls and together we will be able to save many hearts," says Simona Pernot, the project's initiator.
"We feel very honoured and also delighted by Simone's initiative and the trafigura Foundation's joining this project. We want together, through this event, and with the help of your donations on the www.salveazaoinima.roplatform, to save as many lives as possible. At the same time, it is an honour for us to work with nationally and internationally reputable clinics, and thanks to exceptional doctors, many lives have been saved. It is wonderful that not only many Romanians from the country have joined our humanitarian campaignsDiaspora, but also many foreigners from all over the world. This shows that humanity still exists in the world and it is worth fighting for this value and for our children," says Vlad Pietă, president of the Save a Heart Association.
*NOTE: As a result of this project, 47 children with severe heart malformations benefited.