Doctor begins solo trek to promote awareness on organ donation

Bukit Kayu Hitam - A 26-year-old doctor has come up with a novel way to promote awareness on organ donation. Dr P. Ghantan will walk solo from Bukit Kayu Hitam to Johor Baru in 25 days.

By launching the campaign called "Recyclables Inside Donate Organ Walk", he hopes to convince at least 1,000 Malaysians to register as organ donors.

"I hope to spread the message and reach out to people about the importance of making organ donation pledges,'' he said.

Dr Ghantan, from Pantai Remis, Perak, said the idea for the walk came up when he was doing his housemanship in Mangalore, India.

"It struck me that each patient who died could actually help at least 10 others to live,'' he said before starting his walk at the Bukit Kayu Hitam checkpoint yesterday morning.

He was accompanied by his younger brother P. Rajan, 23, a final year engineering student at Universiti Sains Malaysia who is joining him for the first week of the walk.

Dr Ghantan, who is waiting to be posted at a government hospital here, said he forked out about RM10,000 (S$4,033) for food and lodging.

"I hope to walk about 50km daily. I will walk during the day and rest during the night. In the meantime, I will stop at public areas to campaign for organ donation,'' he added.

Dr Ghantan said he would distribute organ donor pledge forms to people for registration and submit the forms at the nearest hospital.

His father K. Palanisamy, 62, said he was proud of his son and hoped the campaign would inspire more Malaysians to pledge their organs.

Palanisamy, who signed up as an organ donor 30 years ago, added that his wife and his three children were also registered donors.

"Although we are from a low-income family, it does not stop us from doing our part for society,'' the rubber tapper said.

For more details of the Recyclables Inside Donate Organ Walk, visit Dr Ghantan's Facebook page at or his blog