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Coimbatore

An old head on young shoulders

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The Ultra Service Journey Charitable Trust of 22-year old Rahul from Ukkadam has been engaged in saving many lives. The Trust has arranged blood donation for more than 1,500 patients and managed to save their lives.

He does this while working in a private firm. When Rahul was asked about his service, he said, “I have interest in social service right from my childhood. I received an SMS when I was studying 11th standard, requesting for blood for an ailing child. I did not pay much attention to that and later I learnt that the child expired. That news affected me a lot and drew me into this kind of service.”

He continued: “I started collecting information about blood donation and gathered the addresses of all my relatives, friends and neighbours. I also got my visiting card printed and distributed among the ambulance drivers of government and private hospitals in Coimbatore. My friends Farooq and Murali were helpful to me in this effort.”

“In 2011 I started this Ultra Service Journey Charitable Trust with the help of 7 friends for blood donation and eye donation services. So far I have donated blood 10 times. In our country, many are ready to donate blood, but they do not have full awareness on the type of blood needed etc. Hence, I started conducting awareness camps on this topic,” Rahul adds.

“I used to give preference to the call for blood from government hospitals. One day, a woman called me over phone. She was weeping while requesting me for O negative blood. I took my friends Sivakumar and Mutharappan and donated that group of blood. The gratitude of that woman is still fresh in my memory.”

“Besides these activities, I used to conduct tuition classes for those living with AIDS as well as differently-abled children in the evenings. Once in a while, I conduct functions, by gathering the children from all the orphanages in Coimbatore, in order to bring out their special talents. Appreciating this service, Ahal Sadhanaiyalargal Sangam awarded me the title of ‘Sadhanai Semmal’.”

“One gets mental satisfaction when he is useful to others. So, I would like to continue my social service throughout my life.”

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