Doctor continues to support community, even in death
LONG-TIME Mullumbimby GP, the late Dr Suresh Rananavare, is still serving his community.
Dr Rananavare, who died of a heart attack at the age of 71 in July 2012, included bequeaths in his will to Brunswick Valley Historical Society, Byron Youth Service and Mullumbimby High School, as well as Greenpeace and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Mullumbimby High School principal Ian Graham said the $200,000 gifted to the school came with strict instructions, with interest from two school investments of $100,000 each to fund scholarships for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.
This year the scholarships will aid three students.
Mr Graham said the GP, who was also the area's longest-serving visiting medical officer, was a much-loved figure in the community and renowned for his commitment to social justice.
"Words do not express how grateful we are for this incredibly generous donation," he said.