Organ donation is indeed a gift of life. The awareness in this country is still poor and there is a great need for cadaveric organ donors. This is an inspiring tale of a doctor and his friend who are undertaking a long walk to create such awareness.
CYBERJAYA: They had to brave thunderstorms and extreme heat and spend the night in bus stops on lonely trunk roads, but the young doctor and his aerospace engineer friend are still walking across the peninsula to increase awareness on organ donation.
The cowboy hat-wearing duo are on a mission to collect at least 1,000 organ donor pledges by July 5.
Starting in Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, they reached the halfway mark of their journey in Cyberjaya yesterday and already have 500 pledges in the bag.
Dr Ghantan Palanisamy, 26, from Pantai Remis in Perak said his desire to travel throughout the country to spread awareness on organ donation began during his years as a houseman in India after graduating from Kasturba Medical College in Manipal.
Upon returning home, he decided to spend the time before getting his hospital posting by making the 1,000km walk.
“One donor can save up to eight patients.
“But sadly, there is very little awareness of the importance of organ donation in our country,” he said when met at the Limkokwing University here with his travel partner Ravinder Singh, 24, who is a fresh graduate from Universiti Sains Malaysia.