The Newz Biz Times, Pune
Indira IVF successfully concluded the day-long events of a walkathon and symposium today. The events organised under the Beti Bachao, Beti Padho initiative of the government, encouraging the safety of the girl child and their education as well as to celebrate the achievement of 1 lakh successful IVF stories by the organisation witnessed encouraging participation from people in the city. Many well-known celebrities and dignitaries attended the events and boosted the morale of the participants.
The 4-kilometre long walkathon organised in the morning from the Symbiosis Playground in Viman Nagar witnessed massive participation from local people to regular runners. Asian Youth Athletics Championship winner Avantika Narale, among more participants walked for the noble cause, stressing the message about importance of the girl child to the country’s development. Also in attendance were Dr Ajay Murdia – Chairman & Founder of Indira IVF, Dr Kshitiz Murdia – CEO & Co-Founder of Indira IVF, and Nitiz Murdia – Director & Co-Founder of Indira IVF. The top female walkers Akshada Jadhav, Sheetal Javakk, Shweta Singh, Anvi Singh &her daughter along with top male walkers Sunil Rithe, Sajan Kumar and Arnav Ravat were felicitated at the event for their enthusiasm and sportsman spirit.
The day was concluded with the “Save the Girl Child” symposium attended by Namrata Patil – Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rama Sarode – Advocate, Social Activist, Smt Sonalee Kulkarni – Bollywood actress, Smt Vaibhavshree ji Jain – Sadhvi, Philosopher & Motivational Thinker, and Smt Sujata Mallic Kumar – Principal, St Mary’s School, Pune. The symposium saw a panel discussion that highlighted the pertinent matter of Women Empowerment – Magnifying Resilience with Real Life Stories; panellists included Dr Ajay Murdia, Smt Sonalee Kulkarni, Smt Sujata Mallic Kumar, Adv Rama Sarode, DCP Namrata Patil, and Smt Vaibhavshreeji Jain.
Reflecting on the journey that led to 1 lakh successful stories, Dr Ajay Murdia – Chairperson and Founder of Indira IVF said, “When Navya, a little child, was born in 2011, we had our first success story. It gives me great pleasure to see how far we have gone in our aim to assist couples who are having difficulty growing their family, from one life back then to one lakh a decade later. We are determined to break people free from the shackles of infertility and provide medical solutions for their treatment.”
Speaking on the milestone, Dr KshitizMurdia – CEO & Co-Founder of Indira IVF said, “We hoped to change the way infertility is viewed in the society when we first started, and we’re delighted that more people are looking into medial solutions for infertility. It brings us immense happiness to see the results we have been deliver to our patients. Now, with the help of social work and outreach, we hope to have a positive impact on more lives.”
Speaking at the event, Dr Amol Lunkad from Indira IVF Pune said, “We are ecstatic with the resounding support the walkathon and ‘Save the Girl Child’ symposium garnered today. It was a humble effort on our part to add on to a cause that our organisation staunchly believes in. We would like to thank all the people who were not just participants, but equal partners as we march on toward the cause. It is similar support from people and their belief that has also led to the 1 lakh successful IVF stories at Indira IVF and we hope to see it sustained.”
Both events saw a participation of 1,000 people who took charge to spread the message of the cause. Other notable names that participated during the day include Adv Shobha Pagare, DCP Rohidas Pawar, Anushree Bathla, Dalijeet Raizada, Dr Ashish Bharti, Dr Kalpana Baliwant, Preeti Kshirsagar, Kuldeep Bhardwaj, Swaminath Shah, Manoj Dilip Ingle, Yogesh Mulik, Rahul Bhandare and Sangeeta Galande. The events were organised in association with the Pune District Athletic Association, PUWO-Pune Womaniya™, Viman Nagar Women’s Club, Srishti Pratishthan, and Pune Peth Runner.
About 18% of married couples in Maharashtra are infertile, and 30,000-35,000 IVF cycles are performed in the state every year. Backed by its technological prowess and medical expertise, Indira IVF Pune is the second centre inaugurated under the banner in 2014 and thus far, has performed over 16,800 IVF cycles of which more than 13,000 have resulted in a successful IVF pregnancy. A purpose-driven organisation, Indira IVF works with a number of social causes supported by the Government of India, promoting education and environmental wellness.