Rotary initiates project ChillFix to Support Type-1 Diabetes

Rotary has been an integral part of service to society with goodwill and peace. In this regard, the Rotary E-Club of Metro Dynamix has added one more initiative in aiding juvenile diabetes.

According to a report in the Indian Express, India has an estimated 8.6 lakh people with Type 1 diabetes, which is like to increase by 2040. Most underprivileged sectors are vulnerable to acquiring complications like acute coma, blindness, kidney failure or even death if left untreated.

Children suffering from this chronic autoimmune disorder are under regular supervision through medical assistance and insulin supplement for a lifetime.

Aiming to help children with Type 1 diabetes, the members of the Rotary E-Club of Metro Dynamix in association with Idhayangal Charitable Trust, launched Project Chillfix under their banner ‘Combat Diabetes’ that focused on providing mini-refrigerators.

The Idhayangal Charitable Trust, run by Dr. Krishnan Swaminathan, is constantly involved in providing free medical assistance and insulin supply to children with Type 1 diabetes. Restoring the supplied insulin is challenging, especially for kids from the poor and underprivileged sectors, as it requires financial assistance to obtain a refrigerator. A note of caution is that the insulin loses its potency if not stored under an appropriate temperature.

As a note to support this challenging factor, the two organizations came forward to donate mini refrigerators to children with juvenile diabetes. The project was launched in September, following its inaugural ceremony. As many as 40 mini refrigerators have been donated to 40 children to date. Each of the donated refrigerators is worth Rs.8,000.

Commenting on ChillFix, Rtn. Reshma Ramesh, Project Director, said, “If this little amount of 8,000 could save a family, then we aim to support and save the lives of as many children as possible. We do not wish to fix a particular target number but extend our help to many children.”

The Rotary E-Club project headed by Rtn. Reshma Ramesh, along with her team members Rtn. Nishit Shah and Rtn. Vidya Natarajan have served a crucial role in making this possible.

 

Reported by Anushka Juliet