29 February 2020
Berhampur: A 68-year-old farmer-turned-activist Pramod Laxman Mahajan arrived here as part of his pan-India motorbike tour to build awareness about organ donation. Through his ‘Bharat Organ Yatra’, Pramod plans to cover at least 10,000 km across the country by the end of his trip.
Hailing from the city of Sangli in Maharashtra, he began his journey from Shaniwarwada in Pune on October 21, 2019. After spreading awareness in states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Pramod began his Odisha leg of trip from Berhampur. He will leave for Bhubaneswar tomorrow.
Pramod received a warm welcome from local youth activists. While he is a member of Pune’s ReBirth foundation, his travel and accommodation has been jointly funded by the foundation and other local NGOs and several biker groups.
“I motivate people because I am not merely talking about organ donation. I donated one of my kidneys to a CISF jawan 15 years ago. I am proof that kidney donors can lead a normal and healthy life,” said Pramod.
He continued contributing to society since then and later joined the ReBirth Foundation and started creating awareness. He added that he has been receiving an overwhelming response from people wherever he went.
Through this attempt, Mahajan seeks to tell his story of organ donation, and hopes that people will see he has not suffered after donating his kidney.