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Labasa Cabbies Help Needy Families, Donate Blood

Labasa Cabbies Help Needy Families, Donate Blood
Raiderz Club members with Mahesh Prasad (middle) and his wife and mother during the food distributions at Daku outside Labasa Town Town on September 10. Photo:SUPPLIED
September 12
11:13 2017

Raiderz Club made up of Labasa taxi drivers has recently helped four poor families who were in need of help.

Mahesh Prasad, 65-year-old stroke patient, of Daku, outside Labasa was in tears when he received food ration from the club on Sunday.

“I have been a stroke patient for six years and it has been very difficult for me to provide for my 90-year-old mother and wife who are staying with me,” Mr Prasad said.

“Whatever assistance my mother gets from the Social Welfare Department is what we survive on for weeks,” he said.

“If one of us gets sick or ill we use herbal medicine for treatment because the Labasa Hospital is very far and we have no one to take us.

“We would like to thank the club for whatever little they provided to us.

“Their presence in our house today is more valuable than the food provided by them. We have not had visitors in our house for many months now.”

Another recipient, Suruj Deo, 77, of Coqeloa, outside Labasa Town is the second family to be assisted by the 18-member club.

“I am surprised to see taxi drivers reaching out to poor needy families with assistance,” Mr Deo said.

“They are setting a platform for the young generation to give back to their own people,” he said.

“Their contribution shows that no matter what profession you are in, you can still make an extra effort to give back to the community.

“No profession such as being a taxi driver is a small profession when it comes to giving to help and improve lives.”

Meanwhile, Raiderz Club founder Rajneel Maharaj said the club was formed last year focusing on reaching out to poor and needy families with food distributions.

“Every Monday the taxi drivers meet up and give in their contributions,” Mr Maharaj said.

“When we get the information of a poor and or needy family we make arrangements and organise our food drive,” he said.

Raiderz Club not only does community projects, they also donate blood to boost Labasa Hospital’s blood bank.

“For us it is a blessing to help such people after all service to men is service to God,” Mr Maharaj concluded.

The fourth family they had assisted lives Namara in Labasa.

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