Kozhikode: Friendly stand has duo's blessing

Rajamma, Fahad work full time to raise profile of mofussil bus stand.

KOZHIKODE: Rajamma R and Fahad P.T. are two full time volunteers, working 365 days a year, and have thus raised the profile of mofussil bus stand here ever since it was declared child-woman and disabled friendly. These two good Samaritans go around the bus stand to see if any differently-abled person, or a woman or a child is in need of help. The moment they locate one, the information is passed to the police and subsequently to hospitals or other service agency, if required. Mr Fahad, from Chaliyam, a former chef, also goes around the bus stand with a microphone, asking if anyone needs help, especially blood or is anyone willing to donate.

“These days, many blood donation agencies are popular. However, what we do here is to link the donor and the needy, by just one announcement. Daily, on an average, we get 25 people from here. The first announcement is to drunkards or others to avoid teasing or harming women and children or they would be nabbed immediately by the police. The next is to avoid littering the area,” he said.

According to Ms Rajamma, hailing from Ramanattukara, who is a social worker and also the district president of Kerala Mahila Society, six prostitutes, ‘who had been roaming around in the area’ were rehabilitated and are now footpath vendors, selling tea dust and other products. From October 2, these good samaritans have helped 662 trauma care patients and believe that 60 to 70 per cent patients can be saved if proper care is given immediately.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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