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Sometimes even the most mundane of activities, like reading a magazine at a barber shop, could end up being the trigger for bigger things in life. It happened in his youth to 70-year-old Jegatheeswaran who lives in Singanallur, Coimbatore. Jegatheeswaran had just finished schooling when one day he visited a barber shop, where while waiting his turn he happened upon a magazine and began reading it. An article on eye donation in it opened his eyes to the need for creating and promoting awareness about this social cause.

He then began to hunt for more information about eye donation. Initially, he convinced his relatives and friends to sign up to donate their eyes after their deaths, and helped his family members through the formalities of submitting the due application forms at hospitals. He then made it his mission to spread awareness everywhere he could.

If there was a death in his neighbourhood, he would visit the family and after paying his condolences, he would talk to them and persuade them to donate the eyes of the deceased within the stipulated time. He would himself complete all the formalities involved.

Jegatheeswaran had just finished schooling when one day he visited a barber shop, where while waiting his turn he happened upon a magazine and began reading it. An article on eye donation in it opened his eyes to the need for creating and promoting awareness about this social cause

This became his life-long mission. He would also make it a point to convey his gratitude in person to the donor families.

Jegatheeswaran

Through his constant efforts, Jegatheeswaran has been instrumental in the donation of 7,386 eyes to those without sight.

Jegatheeswaran was a socially conscious person right from his school days. He would always help out people who met with road accidents. He used to take the injured to hospital, not expecting or waiting for anyone to extend a helping hand.

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His good samaritanism in fact got him in trouble with his school, because he would reach class late on many occasions. He would be punished for his lack of punctuality.

However, one of Jegatheeswaran’s teachers, Tamil teacher Ramasamy, appreciated his social service-oriented attitude and activities, and encouraged and motivated him to continue. The teacher’s moral support helped him persevere on his path.

Even now, the 70-year-old is going strong at it. He is also involved in creating awareness about cadaver and blood donation as well.

Jagatheeswaran can be contacted on his mobile phone number 9443263868.


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