A SCHOOL librarian who has overcome major health problems to volunteer across the globe is among the Olympic torch bearers announced this week.
Mahavir Ladva, of Hounslow, was nearly declared dead at birth and later developed severe arthritis which prevented him attending school.
But the 23-year-old Cranford Community College librarian has not let these setbacks stop him helping others.
As a student at Hounslow Manor School, he organised a number of charity fundraising events, earning a Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award for his efforts.
More recently he has taught English in India, volunteered at an Indian orphanage and was vice secretary of the community association SSPC UK Hounslow, which organises fundraisers and religious events across the borough.
Mahavir was nominated to carry the torch as part of Coca-Cola’s Future Flames scheme. He will run through Richmond on July 24, just three days before the opening ceremony.
He said he was thrilled about carrying the torch and would run in memory of his late grandfather Jinabhai Ladva, who inspired him to help others.
“Ever since I was young, my grandfather taught me to help those in need and I want to continue doing that. I will be thinking of him when I run,” he said.