Driving for cause from Bengaluru to Scotland

Driving for cause from Bengaluru to Scotland

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-03-31 18:55 Bengaluru: How far would you go to support a cause? While you might still be thinking, here are seven Bengalureans who are driving all the way to Scotland – travelling across two continents – to support, organ donation.Meet Anil Srivatsa, CEO and Co-Founder Radiowalla Network Pvt. Ltd, the man behind the wheels, driving his wife, son and daughter and 3 others Geetu Dhillon, Vivek Singh and Vishwas Avathi for 80 days. This is not an ordinary journey – they will cross 17 countries to reach their final destination- Scotland.Organ donation does not deplete the quality of life of both the donor and the recipient. For, Anil donated a kidney to his brother Dr Arjun Sritvatsa, who is a consultant neurosurgeon at Columbia Asia Hospita, two years ago. Today, both the brothers are leading healthy and normal lives.  Addressing the media on the eve of the flag off to his road trip, Anil said, “Our aim is to reach John O Groats, the northern tip of Scotland. We chose this destination basically because we wanted to drive as far as we can and it’s the farthest we can travel by road without having to ship the car across stretches of ocean or sea.” “Why not drive in India I have been asked often and my simple answer has been that it’s too easy and not as challenging. After all India is home and home is always more comfortable” he addedThe entire trip is going to take close to three months. During their journey Anil and his family will be spending nights in hotel rooms, hostels or the welcoming homes or in tents.“We’re looking forward to doing some camping as well so we’ve got our tents and sleeping bags ready,” said an excited and practical Anil.  The main purpose of this trip is to generate awareness about organ donation across geographies. But how does the team of seven aim to do this? “The idea is to get people to notice us doing something extra ordinary, ask what we’re doing and why and in this way get people talking about organ donation. The main reason many people don’t opt in for becoming an organ donor is misinformation. Through our social media posts from the trip and interactions with people along the way, we want to be able to continue getting attention and then introducing the messages about organ donation and myth busting information to get rid of the common misconceptions associated with organ donation,” added Anil.“Karnataka is one of the leading states for kidney transplants and Bengaluru in particular is important. The major challenge for kidney transplant is shortage of donors. Despite increase in deceased donor transplants in the state only a miniscule percentage of transplants are from deceased donors. The live donor program is very important for kidney transplant program and Anil Srivatsa’s efforts to promote kidney donation is laudable,” said Dr. Sundar Sankaran, Chief Nephrologist, Columbia Asia Hospitals