Salman's 'The Little Hearts' to treat 500 ailing children
On Wednesday (May 1), the 47-year-old actor was present at the launch of a new campaign "The Little Hearts" at Gurgaon. The campaign aims at curing 500 children suffering from heart ailments. Salman's NGO Being Human has joined hands with the Fortis Foundation for the initiative.
"Everybody does charity, but not everybody likes to talk about it. Some may do it for personal benefits, to stay in the limelight or others might do it genuinely. According to me, you may do charity for any reason, but do it anyways. No matter what the intention is," Salman told media persons.
Under the programme, 42 children have already been treated and eight are currently hospitalised in Fortis.
The programme will provide treatment to children suffering from congenital heart diseases free or at nominal charges. "I hope a few steps made by us will help the ailing children. We want more and more such facilities to be made available in hospitals so that people can benefit from them," Salman said.
The actor met Renu Begum, a 19-month old from Agartala who has been suffering from hydrocephalus- a medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the cavities of the brain which leads to progressive enlargement of the head, convulsion and mental disability. The baby was recently admitted to Fortis after she got extensive media attention.
"Rather than going and giving money to a place where you don't know how it will be utilised, it is better to make direct charity like funding a child's education. At least you can see the results yourself," he said.
The actor also launched a Being Human store in the hospital, which has clothing line for men and children.