Handicapped PCO operator donates to six charities a month
American billionaires pledging to give at least half their wealth to charity made news around the world recently.mumbai Updated: Dec 27, 2010 01:42 IST
American billionaires pledging to give at least half their wealth to charity made news around the world recently.
What probably never will make news is an unassuming 47-year-old Mumbaiite’s contribution to a cancer hospital, several relief funds and a society for the handicapped every month from his meagre earnings as a PCO operator.
That he has cerebral palsy is of no great significance to Hemant Mishra, who also fearlessly raises his voice against injustice, approaching authorities with complaints that most people would avoid getting involved in.
Mishra, who has also pledged to donate his eyes and body to science, runs a telephone booth in Andheri (W) and lives with his father in the same suburb.
While his father sells Hindi books, Mishra proudly says he takes care of all his own expenses. So, what motivated him into philanthropic activities?
“I have always felt like doing something for the less fortunate. Even though I am physically challenged, I am happy to have pledged by eyes and body to science so that someone can benefit even after I am gone.”
Mishra contributes between Rs10 and Rs 80 to the various funds, depending on how much he can save every month.
“I contribute to the Chief Minister’s fund (West Bengal), the Tata Memorial cancer hospital, Narayan Seva Sanstha for the handicapped in Udaipur, Maharashtra CM’s fund, the Mayor’s fund and the Prime Minister’s fund. I have been doing this since 2001,” Mishra said.