Asir Emir gifts cars to young Saudis who continued volunteering after accident


Okaz/Saudi Gazette

ABHA — The passion for altruism and voluntary work runs in the blood of two young Saudis, who continued their selfless work immediately after their miraculous escape from a traffic accident while carrying out their mission.

Saud Al-Hussein and Abdul Aziz Al-Muaid consider the reward from God as the best gift for their work even though each one of them got a car as a gift from Prince Turki Bin Talal, emir of Asir region. The traffic accident did not prevent these medical students from completing their mission of taking the medicine to the destination.

Saud and Abdul Aziz are students at the faculty of medicine at King Khalid University of Abha. While carrying out their volunteering mission of home delivery of medicines to patients in the region, their car overturned and was badly damaged but they escaped unhurt. Saud and Abdul Aziz, who hold a certificate to practice as health volunteers from the Ministry of Health, have been assigned to deliver medicines to patients after receiving them from Asir Central Hospital.

When heard about their heroic mission, Emir Prince Turki contacted them to be reassured about their health and informed them that he would present a car to each one of them in appreciation of their efforts to serve the country facing an unprecedented coronavirus crisis situation. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has offered to bear the cost of repair work of their damaged Mitsubishi model car. The Health Affairs Department in Asir checked their health conditions and honored them for their heroic efforts.

Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Saud explained that he and Abdul Aziz decided to join hundreds of male and female Saudi volunteers in Asir region to render assistance to the needy people during the coronavirus crisis. “We have undergone specialized training courses for volunteering carried out by the MoH. When we started our journey to a health center in Asir region during the Eid holidays, the car, driven by Abdul Aziz, turned upside down after losing control due to bad weather and torrential rain,” he said while praising God for their miraculous escape without any injury. “We were not in a position to believe our ears when Emir Prince Turki called us two days after the accident and offered us two cars as a gift in lieu of the damaged vehicle. We proudly value this generous gesture from the emir and his caring for the people of the region,” he said.

Saud said they managed to deliver medicine in response to 50 requests from people, who were not in a position to reach Asir Central Hospital from various parts of the southern region. “We did not feel tired despite the long distance through rugged terrain as we did it with a clear mission of helping and serving the society and patients,” he said while identifying it as the core priority of the medical profession.

On his part, Abdul Aziz recalled that the bad weather caused the accident while he was driving the car. “We survived the accident and got out unharmed. Immediately after the accident, we were able to communicate with the beneficiary and delivered the medicines to him,” he said while thanking their family and the society for their support to their noble mission.