Sarbjeet Singh started a free canteen for poor patients and their attendants at Shimla’s only cancer hospital. He has been organizing blood donations camps for hospitals and has been serving the underprivileged people of the Himachal Pradesh for years. He had been volunteering to drive dead body van free of cost for the poor. It’s heartwarming to read about this hardworking and inspiring person who is so caring and committed.
In an interview he explains how his journey as dedicated social worker began when he used to do volunteer work at a local gurudwara, a holy religious place for Sikhs. He recalls how he felt the need of continuing to organize blood donation camps, despite the gurudwara being closed for this activity. He says living in the capital city shimla, he was aware of the shortage of blood in the main hospitals and hence he felt the need to continue the blood donation camps. He is well known for his contributions in the hospitals, all the blood banks in the state have his contact and approach him for emergency cases.
For so many years he has been doing job of providing honor to the dead. He has been running a free 24/7 funeral van service to transport the dead to the crematorium day or night. As long as he has the vehicle available to him, he never refuses a call, even during odd hours to transport a dead body to the cremation ground. It is said he has even transported badly decomposed dead bodies lying unclaimed from hospital mortuaries for the last rites to be performed by the municipal corporation.
He says that this thought of the funeral van service came to him as he found that there was no facility and even government run hospitals lacked this facility, as the cremation and burial grounds were far from hospitals which had no vehicle for transporting dead bodies. As a result many families used to find it difficult to transport the dead bodies for their last rites. After 5 pm the people were helpless due to lack of facility in town to help them.
Singh says that because he likes driving, he decided to lend a helping hand to drive a funeral van which is run by the local Guru Nanak Sewa Society to ferry bodies 24 by 7 and free of cost. He bought his own crowd funded van for the free service, and has ferried more than 5000 bodies.
He talks about his experiences stating that he ferried a 9 year old girls body to her distraught mother’s home and for the first time he realized the importance of his work, and it strengthened him to continue these services.
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