It is rightly said, "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away"
Dr Shruti Bajaj has always harboured a not-so-secretive spark for social services and the betterment of the lives of the lesser privileged, through her work.
Her inclination towards social initiatives found a platform in 2003, when during her training as a MBBS student, she was elected as the President of the Rotaract Club of Caduceus; a club comprising of mainly medic and para-medic enthusiasts.
During this tenure, she took the benchmark of Rotaract activities to a greater level. Other than the routine blood donation camps, visit to orphanages, medical camps for the lesser privileged girl children; Dr Bajaj along with valuable inputs from Rotary Club of Bombay Central, led her team to set up a tiffin-service room for patient relatives at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. This room, christened as 'Trupti', was through the generous charity of Rs. 6 lakhs from 'His Holiness Dr Syedna Taher Saifuddin Memorial Foundation'. To see harrowed relatives have a meal respectfully, indeed gave the entire team a lot of Trupti!
For her untiring efforts and impressive leadership in implementing Trupti, she was awarded the Best Rotaractor and Excellent Leader Award during 2003-2004.
July 11, 2006, ripped the city of Mumbai with seven serial bomb blasts, in the busy suburban railway trains, leaving over 180 dead and injured. Living true to the spirit of a good Samaritan, Dr Bajaj was crucial in the successful implementation of the project known as 'Raahat Ka Ehsaas". This project was carried out jointly by Rotaract Club of Caduceus, Bombay Psychiatric Society, KEM Hospital, Rotary Club of Bombay Central and Andheri Recreation Club.
The efforts of Dr Shruti Bajaj included reaching out to the families of the victims of the train bomb blasts, speaking with their families and organising centres for free psychological and psychiatric help. The project ended with a workshop known as "Expressions", 6 months later, conducted in order to assess the impllications of the above help received by those affected.
Dr Bajaj's hunt for social causes and relevant platforms has never died off. On 24th March 2018, Dr Bajaj conducted a Parent-Expert Seminar for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome, at Vikas Hospital, Vasai, in association with Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Palghar; to mark the occasion of World Down syndrome Day (21st March 2018). The meeting saw 29 families of children with Down syndrome, attending the event and proactively participating in the discussions. A simple educational gathering for families with Down Syndrome, with time and tireless efforts, culminated into the birth of a Support Group, fondly christened as PEHEL: An Initiative for Down syndrome. PEHEL stands for Parent & Expert Forum for Health and Excellence in Life. This dynamic support group of over 50 families to date, is for, by and of the parents of Down syndrome; helmed by Dr Bajaj, as the Founder and the Scientific Advisor of the body. The group aims to fill in the knowledge gaps in the medical and non-medical matters pertaining to Down Syndrome. Relevant medical issues, red flags concerning health in children with Down Syndrome, psychological issues faced by such families, adolescents health in Down syndrome, information about education rights, legal concerns, job opportunities, myths surrounding this condition; are some of the topics covered in the family-empowering sessions at PEHEL. From arranging multiple talks from stalwarts in the field, to arranging medical camps for individuals with Down Syndrome and even managing social gatherings for the families, Dr Bajaj ensures her connection in mind and soul with these families.