Touching the hearts of thousands through Rotary service

Viral Purohit

Viral Purohit

By Suman Ramesh, a member of the Rotary Club of Lago-Palm Grove Estate, Lagos, Nigeria

For several years, our club has had the privilege of being part of an eye camp that provides free surgeries to patients with limited access to care in Nigeria. There is nothing quite like witnessing the joy on the face of a patient who arrives with limited vision, and leaves with the ability to see.

We team up with the medical staff from the Eye Institute in Navsari, India, to sponsor the camp, treating nearly a thousand patients in the Nigerian states of Lagos and Ogun spread over 10 days. Patients are screened and pre-surgery tests conducted for four to five weeks prior to the camp, drawing crowds of needy people, many of them suffering cataracts and similar eye conditions. It is very common for our club to receive calls from cataract patients inquiring about the dates of our camp.

Our club and district take great pride in this project, which has been guided by a special member of our club, Viral Purohit, for many years. A friend, a mentor, and a true leader in our club in many ways, Purohit left this world on the last day of the Rotary year in June. But the joy he brought to the hearts of thousands continues to keep his memory alive.

As a past president of our club, it was an honor and gift for me to serve alongside Purohit and observe the many ways he shared his passion for Rotary with others. Our club, and all the Rotary members in District 9110, bow to this Rotarian who bridged continents to touch others and show us all the impact we can have through Rotary.

4 thoughts on “Touching the hearts of thousands through Rotary service

  1. Yes ,Evidently compassionately the RC of LAGO PGE ,Nigeria have been involved in blindness treatment across the years to needy patients and outpatients.Kudos to for this Community Service and and i also hope they will be involved in BLINDNESS PREVENTION EDUCATION too.The sight is a very vital function of our being though other organs too are very important.The RC ,Oluyole Estate Ibadan D9125 has been involved in IMPROVING SIGHT via screening and free glass distribution since 2007 till 2013.We are also looking for partnership to be able to screen comprehensively prioritize few that can be treated surgically.

    Hopefully this will be achieved within two Rotary Years from now.We are also involved in REDUCING MOTOR BIKE-TRAILER ACCIDENTS through a Road Literacy partnership project with Federal Road Safety Commission Eleyele Sector Ibadan.The last was held in May 2014.Motor bike riders -aka OKADA OPERATORS were re-trained on road usage and tested during such series workshop and certificates and incentives -minimal up keeping for the day were distributed.Participation in workshops is free but trainees are challenged to bring their colleagues to acquire these necessary continuing tips & skills set to operate their job better and safely Selected participants were guaranteed that their data will not be used fo edge them out of business insofar they are licensed by Approriate authorities.So far about 50 have benefited yet only 22 have received road safety INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP Certificates of training which have always been multilingual. Power points presentations and instant revision of knowledge & skills germane to the theme were interactively handled by convening Rotarians & Road Safety personnel.Video clips on Road Safety were shown to educate all observers ,media and the target group present.These community services were reported in the Nigerian Tribune by Gbemi Solaja May 2013(Rotary Clun Holds Safety Enlightenment for Okada Riders in Ibadan,Rotary Club Oluyole Estate Trains Okada Riders on Friday 30 May 2014,p.42
    The First Interactive Worrkshop on Road Safety by the clubwere previewed on facebook comment of 26 April 2013 in response to fellow Rotarians’ Greetings -post from Rotary Club of KULUBU at Rotary Club of Cururova prior to the Lisbon convention in 2013.(cfGbemi Tijani & Gbemi TJMST s facebook portals)19/08/2014650am

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