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Rajnikant Reshamwala
Bakken Winner Rajnikant Reshamwala 

Rajnikant Reshamwala, 77

2014 Bakken Invitation Honoree

Mumbai, India
Charity: Sleeping Children Around the World

Medical Condition: Coronary Artery Disease
Medical Therapy: Coronary Stents

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Raj's "extra life"Inspires Me

A lifelong volunteer, Raj was actively involved in helping poor children in Mumbai when blockage in his coronary arteries made physical activity very difficult. It became hard to keep up with his community work. In January 2013, he received coronary stents to remove the blockage. He found himself reenergized and rededicated to helping Sleeping Children Around the World, an international organization that helps kids get a good night’s sleep.

Raj's Story

"I have been a lifelong volunteer and public service worker through various groups like the Progressive Group, the Jaycees and the Rotary Club. But it is my work with Sleeping Children Around the World that is most important to me.

"Their premise is simple. If you have a good night’s sleep on a decent mattress and something to cover yourself with, you will be able to get the most out of your day in school and at home.

"Since 1987, I’ve been locating needy children, purchasing essential items that they need such as pillows, sheets and blankets, and then coordinating distribution events to successfully reach the children. Over the years, I estimate that I have been able to help more than 75,000 young people.

"Then, I started having pain in my chest when walking, or when climbing the stairs. I was getting easily exhausted, and did not feel like going to the office or doing any other work involving even a little physical activity.

"My doctor advised that two stents should be inserted to remove blockages in my arteries. Simply put, my stents (implanted on January 8, 2013) have reenergized me. More and more time has been devoted towards my charitable work to help needy people in whatever way possible. And I’m more active than ever with the project "Sleeping Children Around the World."

Raj's words of inspiration

"Ask yourself: Can I help? Then why not do it?"

"The opportunity to live longer should be seized and used for the purpose of helping others who can benefit from your assistance. In short, be grateful for the extra time you have been given and use it for the betterment of those who are in need of your assistance. Helping others will satisfy your own soul, too!"

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$20,000 Grant Makes an Impact

Sleeping Children Around the World collects and distributes bed kits to needy children in developing countries, helping them face the challenges of the next day with a good night’s sleep.


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