The Long Island, NY-based eminent Rotarian and philanthropist Ravishankar Bhooplapur has managed to raise $194,750 for funding to provide 25 low cost housing in the Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala, India, for the people affected by the floods there last year. In the second phase of this initiative, another 25 houses will be provided for.
The Rotary Foundation has confirmed through a letter dated July 15 to Rotary District 3211 (located in Kerala) and District 7255 (Long Island and parts of NYC) about the approval of the Rotary Global Grant of $94,750 to match the $100,000 raised locally, according to a press release.
Bhooplapur is thankful of the role of Dr. Thomas Mathew (President of AKMG – Association of Kerala Medical Graduates) and Biju Chacko (ECHO charity) for the Kerala flood relief fundraiser held last year at Cotillion in Jericho, New York.
Bhooplapur, past Rotary District Governor, informed proudly: “This is one of the biggest grants in recent years I got approved and raised full funds for.”
He is known for his penchant to rise to the occasion and take leadership roles to help when disasters strike like the Gujarat earthquake and tsunami in south India in the past.
Commented Kamlesh Mehta, also a past Rotary District Governor, “It is an excellent humanitarian service arranged by Ravi as he took the lead in securing such a big Rotary Grant. Everyone on Long Island should take inspiration from him.”
Bhooplapur, President of Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba since 2008, has been a very active member of Rotary International and has donated generously to Rotary and raised funds for its various projects. The Rotary Foundation has honored him with its highest award “Service Above Self” for his commitment to humanitarian work worldwide.
He is a board member of numerous charities, hospitals and businesses. He is the founder of the “Gift of Life India” that has been instrumental in saving over 6,000 children’s lives to date by providing free heart surgery to children under the age of 15.
He is also a recipient of the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor”.