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A spirit of giving

Fred Wesley
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sometimes the human spirit can make people do amazing things.

It is when you least expect it that such moments can leave an indelible impression on the mind.

The Kumar brothers Rajneil, 38, Raveen, 35, and Arvin, 34, suffer from muscular dystrophy.

It is supposed to be a hereditary condition marked by progressive weakening and loss of muscle mass.

They are unable to stand, lift their hands or do the little things that most of us take for granted each day.

They are bedridden and in the constant care of their 57-year-old mother, Phul Kuar.

The illness forced them to drop out of school.

This is the scenario PYGMIES (Providing Young Generations Movement in Every Situation) leader Josateki Labalaba and his group from Natokawaqa in Lautoka faced when they visited the brothers.

He noticed the younger members of the youth group were emotional and this motivated them to assist the brothers.

"I asked them if they wanted to do something and they all said yes," he said of his group members.

That's why the PYGMIES are on a four-day walkathon from Lautoka to Suva.

They hope to raise $10,000 to help at least one of the brothers get overseas treatment.

"The Kumar brothers need about $10,000 each for treatment overseas and if we can help just one of them, I know it will have a huge impact on the family," he said. They began their walkathon to Suva on Tuesday.

Mr Labalaba said the group wanted to help the brothers obtain treatment and live some semblance of a normal life.

"We as Christians believe that you are supposed to help those who are in need," he said.

"We don't see their race or religion, just three brothers in need of help."

On their walk along the Queens Rd, members will stop over at strategic points, at Cuvu, Namada, Sigatoka and Deuba.

This is a story that embraces the spirit of giving, and caring for fellow human beings.

It is about a commitment to assist the less fortunate.

Members of the group may not be well-off financially.

They may have been complete strangers before they met the brothers, however, they lack nothing in caring for others.

Perhaps such stories are apt reminders that there are people who do care, and who will go out of their way to bring relief and hope to a fellow human being. Hopefully that will motivate us today.

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