DOHA: An Indian expatriate in Qatar has won praise for offering free rides to people in distress, especially job-seekers who don’t have enough money to hire a taxi.
Linto Thomas, 31, who hails from Ernakulam in Kerala, says his kindness was inspired by his own painful experiences 13 years ago when he came to Qatar, when he did not have money to hire a taxi while looking for a job.
Thomas’ kindness came to light when he offered his services on the Facebook page of a community group and since then was taken by the mainstream and social media.
Thomas works as a bus driver for a construction company in Doha and uses his own car to offer free rides to people in distress of all nationalities.
Those who seek his service include people who have lost jobs and those facing financial problems.
“I have a lot of free time because I do night duty and the work site is around 9 km from my residence. I come back home after taking workers to the site,” he told The Doha Globe.
He said he has been giving this service for several years and posted about it on a Facebook page so that more people can contact him, but unexpectedly the post went viral.
“The other day I got a call from the family of a businessman who wanted to go to a hospital. He had lost all his money in business and was in huge debt. A Filipino lady called me saying she wanted some food items, donated by friends, delivered to her room as she didn’t have a job and money for a taxi,” Thomas said.
The Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF), an organisation functioning under the Indian Embassy, honoured Thomas by awarding him a honorary membership of the organisation.
Thomas was awarded the membership at a function organised by the ICBF which was attended by several members of its managing committee.
“Our objective is to recognise and encourage individuals who devote their time and energy to help people in need in the Indian community,” Ziad Usman, President, ICBF, said.