Paramedic Makes TIME's List of Most Influential People
Rahul Singh from EMS poses at EMS Station [Courtesy Toronto EMS]
The National Post via YellowBrix
May 03, 2010
TORONTO – A Toronto paramedic who cracked TIME Magazine‘s 2010 list of the “100 most influential people in the world” is on his way to a star-studded gala in New York city next Tuesday held in honour of nominees including the likes of President Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Conan O’Brien and Lady Gaga.
Rahul Singh, a 20-year veteran paramedic, said he was looking forward to making the trip to the gala next week with his wife: “I’ve have to go buy a [new] shirt I guess,” he said. “One that doesn’t have a mustard stain.”
Singh’s work as founder of GlobalMedic, a disaster relief organization made of volunteer paramedics, police officers and firefighters, brought him to the attention of TIME and the paramedic sees the gala as a chance to hit up some of his wealthy fellow nominees for donations to support his humanitarian work:
“We are going to try and work the room to help promote what Global Medic does,” said Mr. Singh. “There are going to be a lot of people down there with influence … and connections.”
TIME identified Mr. Singh’s organization for their exemplary work in Haiti. GlobalMedic deployed 30 personnel to the quake-ravaged country including a rescue team, an emergency medical team and a water purification team which trained locals to operate filtration systems which generated 150 000 liters of clean water per day.
If Singh succeeds in securing more funding, he will be able to expand their water filtration operation, including the distribution of home filtration systems for Haitians returning to their homes and requiring access to safe drinking water.
Canadian-trained paramedics, police officers and firefighters are uniquely qualified to assist in disaster zones because they are “trained and accustomed to dealing with chaotic, insane situations where their sole purpose is to protect the public or save a life,” according to Singh.
“They make due with limited resources and difficult conditions,” added Mr. Singh.
At the gala next week Mr. Singh will also be able to high five other Canadian nominees to TIME’s list including Olympic Bronze medalist Joannie Rochette, ‘Up in the Air’ director Jason Reitman and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney.
But what is Mr. Singh really looking forward to?
“Prince is performing! I could never could get tickets for him in the 80s.”