A KALLAROO cardiologist hopes to raise $70,000 for a Save the Children project in Sri Lanka.
Kushwin Rajamani wants to encourage more people to help others, especially those living in disadvantaged countries and places affected by war.
Dr Rajamani has started a fundraising campaign to bring fresh water to children living in Nuwara Eliya tea plantation and build 50 toilets in the area.
“The tea plantation working community have been a neglected group with poor wages who have substandard means of living,” he said.
“They have several issues related to low education, malnutrition and access to clean water.
“Save the Children have thus far been instrumental in establishing several child care centres with a focus on education and improving the nutritional resources.
“However, limited access to clean water and unsatisfactory sanitation standards creates several barriers to healthy living.
“The aim of this project is to improve access to clean water to the workers and their families in the tea plantation district.”
Dr Rajamani, who has supported Save the Children for 12 years, said he was indirectly affected by the Sri Lankan civil war growing up, and learnt more about it when he went overseas to study medicine.
He studied in Ireland before moving to Australia in 2004, doing training in Sydney then a fellowship in the US to specialise in heart problems.
He moved to Perth with his wife in 2015 and practices cardiology in Joondalup, Murdoch and Rockingham.
“In close to 30 years of civil war, the attacks that happened kind of made me feel guilty that I was ignorant of events and that I could not have contributed to prevent such suffering,” he said.
“I felt I needed to do as much as I can to improve suffering of people who have now survived the war.
“The government has changed but there are several changes to resume a normal life.
“Now that I’ve made it to this position, it’s now my opportunity to give back to make change through every way possible.
“I cannot control what is happening but my aim is to do as much as I can and inspire as many people as I can to make a difference to someone else.”
The father-of-two recently helped build a school for 800 children in Cambodia.
“It’s important because for me education is what made a difference,” he said.
Dr Rajamani said as well as the current water sanitation projects in Sri Lanka, future projects would look at rebuilding schools, helping with infrastructure for widowed mothers and improving life for those affected by war.
He also helps with Australian Medical Aid Foundation, which is a group of doctors who take medical equipment not longer needed in Australia to Sri Lanka.
Donate to the water sanitation project at www.savethechildrenfundraising.org.au/teaplantationproject.