Gurkiret Singh, who studies in Sydney, has been saving his pocket money for years. On his 10th birthday, he has donated an amount of Rs 30,000 for treatment of poor patients at PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Gurkiret was following the footsteps of his grandmother, Harbajan Kaur of Sector 46, a retired markfed employee, who has donated all her savings of nearly Rs 60 lakh for the welfare of poor and needy.
Talking to Newsline, Harbajan Kaur said,’’It is pleasing to see that my third generation is also carrying forward the teachings of Sikh gurus, who emphasised on the joy of giving.’’
She added that there are several ways and means to help the needy and a little push is needed to make a difference. “Many people face problems that are beyond their ability to prevent or change. We must come together to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” Kaur adds.
In last four months, the family has donated Rs 2,20,000 for the treatment of poor patients. On April 9, Kaur’s grandson who is studying in Sydney, Australia, donate 30,000 for the treatment of poor patients. Kaur said,’’ He has been saving all his pocket money for some years for the donation. Suneal Aman, my another grandson of 16 years of age, has also donated Rs 70,000 towards treatment of poor patients in PGI. I am happy that they share the same my feelings.
‘’ I like to help in this way because by doing so, I get a feeling of satisfaction, one that cannot be replaced with any other
type of activity or endeavor,’’ she said.
So far, Kaur has donated nearly Rs 22 lakh for treatment of 37 patients at PGI. Many times, she has been honored by PGI authorities for her noble cause. Previously, Kaur had also donated substantial amount for construction of three-storey sarai of a gurdwara at PGIMER.