Airedale Anaesthetist adds Dales walk to long list of charity endeavours
An anaesthetist from Airedale Hospital will soon be heading to the hills in the latest of his many selfless fundraising efforts.
Dr Ramana, who lives in Sutton in Craven, is walking 10 miles from Grassington to Bolton Abbey on 3 June to raise money for a charity which he set up with friends, Medical and Optical Aid, and for his next project which is to help improve sanitation facilities in Africa and India.
Dr Ramana has been involved with charity work for the past 12 years and has recently provided two medical camps – in March 2017 he travelled to Nepal and in January this year went to India to provide medical and optical treatment where it is most needed. The camps are set up in remote villages and areas without access to medical facilities (like doctors and pharmacies nearby) or where people live below the poverty line and therefore can never afford to visit a doctor or a medical facility. He has also attended three surgical camps in Sierra Leone in the past, where he and other staff provided surgical treatment to people in need.
Last year, the charity also raised and donated £10,000 for Nepal earthquake relief along with funding for the soup kitchen in Bradford for the homeless and helping the ‘Vision Care’ charity in Leeds.
The Dales walk is the latest in a long line of his fundraising efforts.
Dr Ramana, Consultant Anaesthetist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“There is a lot of work to do for people suffering in this world. It gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction when I do this work.”
Colleague and fellow Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Eleanor Checkley, says:
“Ramana does amazing work and I really admire him for his massive donations of time and money to his causes. He has used his annual leave for years to go and do his medical charity work in various countries. We are very proud of him.”
To support Dr Ramana go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/venkata-govindaraju?utm_id=2&utm_term=qRYezDWyJ