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Raymond Mukesh Reddy Serves His Community With Joy Despite Disabilities

Mr Reddy said after retiring from the Police force he had rendered his community policing skills and techniques to the community voluntarily.
02 Aug 2019 16:17
Raymond Mukesh Reddy Serves His Community With Joy Despite Disabilities
Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho (left) with Raymond Mukesh Reddy after the The Order of Fiji medal presentation at the State House on July 12, 2019.

Through the challenges of life, Raymond Mukesh Reddy has pushed on with perseverance, rigor and passion to continue to serve his community.

Mr Reddy, an amputee, has been a community worker the past decade and he describes his job, serving the community, a joy.

Originally from Navua, he said the disability being an amputee brought about in his life, has made him go beyond his capabilities to do greater things to those that are in need in the community.

The 64-year-old’s service to the community was recognised when he was one of the recipients of the Medal of the Order of Fiji from President Major General (Ret) Jioji Konusi Konrote at the State House on July 12, 2019.

The Order of Fiji recognises outstanding contribution of Fijians who deserve to be recognised for their contribution in building a better Fiji.

Mr Reddy said after retiring from the Police force he had rendered his community policing skills and techniques to the community voluntarily.

“Being a person with certain disability, it’s amazing to see how I go beyond my capabilities with the quest to help the very much needy and poor people in our communities,” Mr Reddy said

“The knowledge and skills from community policing during my time with the Fiji Police Force is something that has been enacted within my soul, that drives me to do all that I do within my community,” he said

“I enjoy my work reuniting broken families, helping disabled people, widows, the elderly people and stroke victims to get their welfare fund assistance.

“I have distributed lots of clothes by coordinating with my fellow former school mates (Indian College now known as Jai Narayan College) who reside in the USA for donation.”

He plans to continue his service and hopes to  inspire others to do the same.

“Serving others is something that needs to come from the heart, we need to have the passion to serve.

“I have always wanted to share my knowledge and skills from what I achieved as a former community policing officer to the community, this is in hopes to make them adapt into very healthy relationships with themselves in the community thus promoting peace and harmony.”

According to Mr Reddy, one of their latest community work was donating wheelchairs to disabled police officers in Navua.

“We’ve recently coordinated with former police officers from USA to donate wheel chairs, which was then donated to disable police officers in Navua,” he said

He said he has also started holding talks with the Navua community to work together in rebuilding the old private community mortuary damaged by floods and cyclones.

“I have spoken to the very supportive community in Navua to all assist in the restarting of service of the old private community mortuary which was damaged by floods and cyclones. There was healthy and positive response from the community on the renovation of the building.”

Mr Reddy has advised young men and women to be agents of peace and harmony within their communities and to refrain from indulging in wrong crowds and activities.

“I urge everyone to get involved in religious groups and activities, stay away from all sorts of drugs and alcohol, stay away from bad habits.

“The life given to people is the precious gift from God. Use life wisely and when life goes away from you and it will never come, therefore every time say no to the bad things.

“Above all, love one another regardless of race, skin colour, religion and status. We are all equal in the eyes of the Almighty.”

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