GANGTOK, July 29: Webbed in the paradox of vicious circle of poverty, a 26-year-old Diki Sherpa from 9th Mile in Sikkim is fighting for her life at Rabindranath Tagore Internal, Cardiac Science hospital in Kolkotta.
With a hope to save Diki from kidney failure, some of the philanthropists today appealed the public of Sikkim to lend their support by way of voluntary donation to meet the medical expenses incurred during the operation.
To support this noble cause, various associations including the State Roads and Bridges Department, local NGOs, Sikkim Student Association (SSA), Student Representative Council (SRC), Sikkim Government College, Denzong Association, Sikkim and Mangshila School has come under one roof to save the life of Diki.
All the associations organised a press meet to mobilize public concern and fight against the plight faced by Diki here today.
During the meet, Pema Doma Sherpa, external affairs manager for the mission SAVE DIKI, informed that a sum of Rs 56,000 has been collected till date, which is not sufficient.
Mohan Gurung, president, SRC has also requested the people to contribute for the cause. The overall cost incurred for the pre-operation will be around Rs 4 to 5 lakhs, for which the members of association have asked the public and government employees to donate money according to their individual capacity.
Besides, the members have decided to organize a charity show for the noble cause. Apart from this, the members of the association will also approach the State government for the help, Pema said.