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Help The Costume Man To Save Sick Children

Every year, hundreds of tourists flock to the temple town of Udupi during Krishna Janmashtami. There are many vibrantly dressed troupes who take part in the celebration and collect small amounts of money for their art. Ravi Katapadi, , a resident of Katapadi, near Udupi, too was part of one such troupe.

Due to his background of poverty, Ravi could study only till 9th grade. He started working right after school as a mason. Today he earns around 450-500 rupees per day but work is sometimes hard to find. Ravi has lost both his parents and lives with his brother and sister-in-law. Although leading a life of poverty, Ravi always had a smile on his face while going through his tiring daily work. Everyone in Katapadi knew him due to his amicable nature.

Five year ago, he came across the news of a baby with a dysfunctional hand on TV which quite literally drove the man to tears. Baby Anvitha had lost functionality of her right hand at the time of her birth, due to negligence on the doctor’s part. Ravi initially felt helpless in providing any support to the baby’s parents but then he thought what if he pledges all the money he is able to collect for his costumed act that year and donate to the parents for the baby’s surgery. The little one’s parents gratefully agreed.


Conferring with his friend, who is an artist, on different costume ideas that would appeal to children, Ravi finally zeroed in on Faun, one of the characters that appeared in the film, Pan’s Labyrinth. 15 of his friends too agreed to join Ravi in his efforts and volunteered to support him in his efforts of collecting money for the baby’s surgery. Ravi spent 12 hours to put on the costume which had taken a month to design. He then wore it for 36 hours at a stretch during the 2 day Krishna Janmashtami celebrations and collected money across Udupi with the help of his friends.  Hundreds of people from different backgrounds donated to Ravi's initiative, right from 5 rupees to 1000 rupees.

To his own surprise, Ravi was able to collect more than 1 lakh which was enough for the baby’s surgery. Greatly moved by Ravi’s gesture, the parents willingly accepted the amount and the baby’s hand was treated. 

Today, it has been 5 years since the baby has been operated and the child can now comfortably use her hands. This had a huge impact on Ravi who decided to continue his efforts to provide help to as many sick children as possible through his costumed acts. Ravi has been donning amazing costumes for the last 5 years. Having put paint directly on his skin as part of the makeup, Ravi has suffered from severe burns over the years. And it takes close to 20 hours to get done with the entire process, after which he has to further undergo toil that prevents him from even eating or drinking for three days. This does not deter him from undertaking his mission.

He has helped 11 children get treated from 2014-2017. In 2018, this year, Ravi had donned the costume of monster and he was able to collect Rs. 5,32,000 for the treatment of 4 children which is an incredible feat. However, the money is not enough for the treatment of all 4 children.

Here are the details of the 4 children from poor backgrounds who Ravi wants to support in their treatment:
  • Diksha Kunder, 4 year old girl with blood cancer. Her father Umesh Kunder, a rickshaw driver, is unable to fund her treatment. Estimation for the treatment: 10 lakhs
  • Zulphin, 13-year-old boy whose mother is a housemaid and father is no more. Needs transplant for both kidneys. Every month, the mother has to manage 25 k for medical expenses of Zulphin. Estimation for 2 kidney transplants is 12 lakhs.
  • Panvika, 2-yr and 8 months old baby, is affected by Thalassemia. Her father is a waiter at a local restaurant. Estimation for treatment is 25-26 lakhs.
  • Rajat, 10-yr-old boy, who is disabled as he doesn’t have strength in both legs. Estimation for treatment is 3 lakhs.
Fulfill Ravi's desire to see these children get treated. Your little support can ensure Ravi's dream of saving sick children is kept alive. Every small donation counts. 
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19th October 2018
Dear Supporters,

We are overwhelmed by the support we have received from all of you!

We are providing funds for 4 children's treatment currently. We are glad to inform you that they are all progressing and responding well to the treatment.

I want to give you the details regarding each of their treatment.
  1. Panvika has thalassemia and is undergoing treatment in Pune.
  2. Diksha has blood cancer and is being treated in Manipal.
  3. Zulfikar is undergoing dialysis and we are looking for a donor as both his kidneys have failed.
  4. Rajat has weakness in his legs and has been diagnosed with problems in his bones. We are consulting a doctor in KMC to seek advice on his surgery.
Please continue to share our campaign with your friends and family so we may help these children live long and healthy!

Regards,
Shenoy
Dear Supporters,

We are overwhelmed by the support we have received from all of you!

We are providing funds for 4 children's treatment currently. We are glad to inform you that they are all progressing and responding well to the treatment.

I want to give you the details regarding each of their treatment.
  1. Panvika has thalassemia and is undergoing treatment in Pune.
  2. Diksha has blood cancer and is being treated in Manipal.
  3. Zulfikar is undergoing dialysis and we are looking for a donor as both his kidneys have failed.
  4. Rajat has weakness in his legs and has been diagnosed with problems in his bones. We are consulting a doctor in KMC to seek advice on his surgery.
Please continue to share our campaign with your friends and family so we may help these children live long and healthy!

Regards,
Shenoy
11th October 2018
Dear Supporters,

We have no words to express how grateful we are to each and every one of you for making this happen.

We are in touch with the four beneficiaries and they have all started receiving treatment. They are all doing better and they too want to express their gratitude to you all. Their treatment is ongoing and we will keep you updated about their health.

We are planning to organize a small program where we will be calling the beneficiary's families so that we can handover the cheque to them.

Once again, thank you all for making this possible and for being a part of our journey. Do keep sharing the campaign!

Regards,
Shenoy
Dear Supporters,

We have no words to express how grateful we are to each and every one of you for making this happen.

We are in touch with the four beneficiaries and they have all started receiving treatment. They are all doing better and they too want to express their gratitude to you all. Their treatment is ongoing and we will keep you updated about their health.

We are planning to organize a small program where we will be calling the beneficiary's families so that we can handover the cheque to them.

Once again, thank you all for making this possible and for being a part of our journey. Do keep sharing the campaign!

Regards,
Shenoy
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