CLOSE
CLOSE AD

This Doctor Cleans Up Beaches On Her Free Time

  • 27 Aug 2020
This-Doctor-Cleans-Up-Beaches-On-Her-Free-Time

"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean," so said German writer, and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 

And then there are people who make it a mission to keep the world a cleaner place - Dr Valarmathy Vaiyavari being one of them. 

The ophthalmologist organises monthly beach clean-up missions to collect garbage littering beaches in Selangor, Kedah, and Penang, with a group of volunteers.

"Personally, I believe kindness is contagious, and people are often inspired by the compassion of others to do good as well. 

"When passers-by observe what we are doing, they get motivated to follow suit, and when I started this project, a lot of my friends told me they were keen to take part," she was quoted telling The Star. 

The clean-up initiative started in 2018, and has inspired many other individuals to start similar attempts in their own states. 

One such person is a retired teacher called Madam Kim, who used to drive all the way down from Kedah to Selangor to join clean-up missions, and later started a similar initiative in Kedah. 

According to Valarmathy, the clean-up work has also inspired locals, with traders on the beach throwing lesser litter, and even smokers joining in to collect cigarette butts thrown on the beach. 

Besides cleaning up beaxches, Valarmathy also does other forms of charity work, such as offering health services to the needy, and donating secondhand books to school children. 

She admits that juggling her hectic schedule as a doctor and her altrustic ventures is challenging, at times. 

However, doing good deeds with a group of like-minded friends keeps her going, she said. 

"Cleaning nature is a kind of therapy, and you always end up feeling good about yourself."


Source: The Star
Photo source: The Star, Dr Valarmathy Facebook



Suggested Articles

Youth-Stabs-Father-Who-Reprimanded-Him-Over-PUBG-Obsession News
ARTICLE
  • 20 Oct 2020

Youth Stabs Father Who Reprimanded Him Over PUBG Obsession

A youth in Andhra Pradesh stabbed his father after the man reprimanded him for playing PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) for too long, before stabbing himself.

From-Doctor-to-Patient-A-COVID-19-Survivor-Recalls-Her-Ordeal News
ARTICLE
  • 20 Oct 2020

From Doctor to Patient: A COVID-19 Survivor Recalls Her Ordeal

A young doctor, who battled COVID-19 on the frontline and ended up contracting the disease herself, recalls her ordeal. 

Coronavirus-Can-Survive-Up-to-Nine-Hours-on-Human-Skin-Study-Finds News
ARTICLE
  • 19 Oct 2020

Coronavirus Can Survive Up to Nine Hours on Human Skin, Study Finds

The novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, can survive up to nine hours on human skin, a Japanese study has found, stressing the importance of frequent hand washing to keep the virus at bay,

Odour-Pollution-At-Sg-Selangor-Causes-Dry-Taps-in-the-Klang-Valley-Again News
ARTICLE
  • 19 Oct 2020

Odour Pollution At Sg Selangor Causes Dry Taps in the Klang Valley, Again

Yet another odour pollution in Sungai Selangor has forced four water treatment plants to shut down, causing unscheduled water supply disruption to more than 1.19 million households.

Food-Going-To-Waste-Call-the-Food-Rangers News
ARTICLE
  • 16 Oct 2020

Food Going To Waste? Call the Food Rangers!

What do you do when you don't want excess food from your function to go to waste? Call the Food Rangers of course!

Trump-Obsessed-Indian-Farmer-Dies-After-Learning-of-The-US-President-s-COVID-19-Diagnosis News
ARTICLE
  • 16 Oct 2020

Trump-Obsessed Indian Farmer Dies After Learning of The US President's COVID-19 Diagnosis

An Indian farmer who worshipped Donald Trump has died of a cardiac arrest after becoming deeply upset over the US President's COVID-19 infection.