Reach out and lend your hand

Two months back, I was sitting down at KL Sentral waiting for the commuter train to Kajang. A familiar face walked out from the KFC restaurant and passes by me. I chased after the young lady and tapped her shoulder. She was shocked for a moment. But then, it took her less than a few seconds to recognize my voice.

Shamini. The last time I met her was four years ago, when she was studying at Unit pendidikan Khas of Queen Elizabeth School in Johor Bahru. Her best friend at that time was her braille machine as she uses her fingers to read. She lost her eyesight when she was way too young. I still remember the days where my friends and I take turns during weekends to read her economic notes, and she types them in braille. That was during her STPM days. She worked hard despite all the difficulties she had to go though. I lost her contact after her exams but I knew she did very well in STPM. Now, she is in UM chasing her dreams to be a lecturer. She is one of those inspiring individuals that I came across during my school life. I always admired her courage and determination.

And now, we have another brother who has made us proud. Saravanan, 21, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had defied the odds to emerge as one of three physically-challenged students to be commended by the Malaysian Examinations Council for his STPM results. Saravanan, a science student, scored two As and three B plus to the joy of his caretakers at Kamakshi Child Home and his teachers and friends.

Saravanan now wants to pursue his ambition of becoming a software engineer. Dr P. Kunaletchumy, a director at the Kamakshi Child Home, is hoping to find a sponsor to finance Saravanan’s education. Mahen has launched "Be The Change" initiative in raising support for Saravanan and many others like him. It's going to be a collective effort that involves each and every person.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Thus, Bolehland is raising donations for Saravanan to help him pursue his dreams. You can be part of this initiative to lend a helping hand by donating cash or other necessary needs that could help Saravanan in the long runs. In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.

You may pledge your donations by writing to He'll reply you as soon as possible. More details available HERE.

With proper guidance, encouragement and support, I'm sure we as a whole entity could help more people like Shamini and Saravanan to inspire millions of others in this world - that the struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

Let's reach out and lend our hands!

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