From December 4-18, 32 students of the Sree Gokulam SNGM Catering College in Thuravoor, Kerala, opened up a temporary eatery on the side of the National Highway. They all took turns to run it—from cooking the food to maintaining the temporary establishment.
What’s so unique about this, you ask? Well, the students are not doing this for profit, but to help save a life.
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Their classmate KS Aromal’s sister, Aiswarya, has serious renal issues, and the eatery was opened as an effort to raise money for the kidney transplant, that she desperately needs.
“I’m so happy that my friends made serious efforts to help my family. Their contribution has been invaluable, and I can’t thank them enough. While they have managed to raise Rs 1.35 lakh, Aiswarya needs a kidney transplant that will cost Rs 8 lakh. Doctors say that it is the only hope for her,” says Aromal to The Better India.
When Aiswarya first fell ill, she underwent treatment at the Kottayam Medical College. For her treatment, their father sold 15 cents of land, which was all he had at Thalanadu village in Kottayam district, Kerala.
However, the treatment did not have the desired effect, and soon, they shifted her to a private hospital in Ernakulam.
“While the Rs 8 lakh will only cover the cost of the kidney transplant and post-transplant treatment—the entire cost of Aiswarya’s treatment—right from when she first fell ill—will be Rs 20 lakh. People from her village offered their help as well, but it wasn’t enough,” says Aromal.
For the eatery, meanwhile, each of the 32 students contributed Rs 700 each to set up shop, buy ingredients and purchase utensils. There, they had served everything from dosa, parotta, omelette and chicken curry, among other items.
Speaking to The New Indian Express, Aswin, one of those who helped the running of this eatery, said, “It was after coming to know about their situation, we, the fifth-semester students, decided to generate money for Aiswarya’s treatment. And we decided to start the thattukada (roadside eatery). Looking back, it was a good decision as we’ve been able to make Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000 as profit daily.”
For the transplant, one of the family friends has come forward to donate a kidney.
If 32 students can come together to help a batchmate’s sister in need, what’s stopping us from helping out? You can contribute too!
Account no: 38166231198
Branch: MEDICAL COLLEGE, KOTTAYAM, KERALA
NAME: AISWARYA KS
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)