Generation Grit

Orphan with a heart for the lonely

Out of gratitude for the financial aid he received, Mr Selva Raju Arumugam started to do volunteer work when he was in Secondary 1. He now helps to organise activities for youth with disabilities and their caregivers. HOTO: GIN TAY
Out of gratitude for the financial aid he received, Mr Selva Raju Arumugam started to do volunteer work when he was in Secondary 1. He now helps to organise activities for youth with disabilities and their caregivers. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Mr Selva Raju Arumugam was alone before he was 21. Forced to make his way in the world by himself, he turned his loneliness into a passion for helping children facing adversity. This is his story in the Generation Grit series on inspiring millennials.

Mr Selva Raju Arumugam has many fond memories of the tactics his mother used to wake him up in the mornings.

Sometimes, she would threaten to pour hot water on him. Or she would say the time was much later than it actually was, making him jump out of bed in a panic.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2019, with the headline 'Orphan with a heart for the lonely'. Print Edition | Subscribe