For somebody who loves books, Pokemon, sudoku and chess, Anant Padmanabhan Rajan’s wish for his birthday was rather unusual. On the eve of his eighth birthday, he told his parents, “Amma, appa, you both buy me everything I need. When we have a birthday party this year for me, I want to ask my friends to donate money to Sankara Nethralaya instead of buying me gifts.”
And so on his birthday on April 23, 2010, friends and family, who thronged his house, donated liberally to support Sankara Nethralaya.
Anant was able to raise more than $400 which he personally handed over to the SN OM Trust, USA.
“I have a lot of toys already….I love to help others who don’t have much,” says Anant.
Inspired by his parents, who encourage Anant to share what he has with the less fortunate, Anant says that he is glad his gesture will provide the gift of sight to someone.
Extremely proud of his deed, his parents say that they are blessed to have a son like him who actively participates with his family in various fund-raising events, including the Unnikrishnan benefit concert held at Atlanta, US, in aid of Sankara Nethralaya.
His contribution will be utilized towards Sankara Nethralaya’s community services, including free surgeries for indigent patients.
Small gestures like these not only make a big difference to us but to the many people who will benefit from these generous contributions.