Orthopaedic Surgical Resident, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 29
In 2012, Dr Kumaran Rasappan took a one-year sabbatical from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) to focus on one thing: Climbing mountains. “I climbed Mustagh Ata, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Ojos del Salado, San Francisco Peaks, Lobuche and Everest — in that order,” he says. Not your ordinary thrill-seeker, his climbing spree was, in fact, fuelled by a desire to alleviate the plight of less fortunate individuals in Singapore. “[Through my work], I saw needy patients and their families struggle to make ends meet, receive medical treatment and pay off their medical bills,” says Kumaran. “I really wanted to help these patients out in one way or another.” So the avid climber decided to marry his passion for scaling mountains with fundraising for the hospital by launching No Mountain Too High. To date, the initiative has raised over $40,000 for the TTSH Community Charity Fund. For three months overseas, Kumaran also helped refurbish and run a clinic at a Phortse, a Himalayan village in the Everest region. For his efforts, the doctor was awarded the Singapore Youth Award.