K Ganesh from KVN Foundation

by Sindhu Kashyaap

Over the past few days, the resurgence of coronavirus has exposed the deep shortage of oxygen - a key treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients. The cost of oxygen for a patient can be anywhere between Rs 50,000 and Rs 80,000 for five to 15 days. Many simply cannot afford this financial burden.

The oxygen scarcity has led startups and corporates across India to work at making the life-saving gas easily available to those in need.

To do their bit, the KVN Foundation has started Mission MillionAir. The aim of the mission is to provide free oxygen concentrators to the homes of the economically backward sections of India. The Mission MillionAir, which started in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, has already distributed free oxygen to a few hundred houses in Bengaluru.

Mission Million Air

Speaking about the initiative, K Ganesh, a successful investor, mentor, and entrepreneur and a core member of the KVN Foundation, tells YourStory,

“With the FeedMyCity initiative, during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were focused on helping serve over 58 lakh meals to the migrant labourers and daily wagers hit by the sudden lockdown. This humongous task was made possible, with the support of 400 volunteers and over 50,000 donors, including 60 corporates, foundations, and trusts."  

The KVN foundation is calling for donations (here) and aims to raise Rs 17 crore for a five-month period to support over 32,000 people across 16 cities. “Every crore will help us save the lives of 2,000 corona-positive patients,” Ganesh says.

The foundation is supported by the startup and corporate world with several volunteers. Its core team includes K Ganesh, Venkat K Narayana, CEO, Prestige Group; Juggy Marwaha, CEO, Prestige Office Ventures; and Neeraj Bhargava, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Antuit.

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