Agus, a Lombok Earthquake Survivor Who Now Joins ACT Team

“For me, ACT is a place to learn and better myself. Moreover, I can also explore my knowledge about volunteerism by helping many people in need. Insha Allah, by joining HMS (Humanity Medical Services), I can continuously give the best services and reach more people who need help,” said Agus Rahadi.

Agus Rahadi.
Agus Rahadi drives ACT’s ambulance. (ACTNews/Ichsan Ali)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – A 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked Lombok on July 19, 2018, has left an unforgettable memory for Agus Rahadi (43), one of the earthquake survivors who is now a Coordinator of Humanity Medical Services’ vehicles.

The earthquake which epicenter was 47 km northeast of Mataram City has destroyed Agus' house. At that time, his hopes seemed to have vanished to revive life in his beloved homeland. However, from the Lombok Earthquake, Agus decided to be a volunteer.

“I witnessed people lose their loved ones caused by the earthquake. I was also touched by the many volunteers who came from many regions to help the earthquake recovery. Because of that, I was moved and decided to join MRI (Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia),” Agus explained on Thursday (9/23/2021).

Since being an MRI volunteer, Agus often goes to various disaster sites by being appointed as a driver for ACT’s ambulance. For him, one of the unforgettable moments among his services was the earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Sigi, and Donggala, Central Sulawesi.

“The disasters in Palu, Sigi, and Donggala were among the unforgettable memories for me. Moreover, the field was really difficult and required three to four hours to reach the disaster evacuation post. Logically, it was inaccessible, but with the humanitarian spirit of wanting to help, Allah finally helped us to reach the location," he said.


Now, Agus has been appointed as the Coordinator of Humanity Medical Services’ vehicles which consists of medical ambulances, motorbike-ambulances, and mortuary ambulances. He also participates in supporting the Covid-19 Medical Careline Services (MCS) programs. By driving the ambulance, he delivers patients who have difficulty accessing health services.

For Agus, ACT’s effort in providing free healthcare services through the Covid-19 MCS is a way to help the community regardless of economic, ethnicity, religion, race, or class background.

“For me, ACT is a place to learn and better myself.  Moreover, I can also explore my knowledge about volunteerism by helping many people in need. Insha Allah, by joining HMS (Humanity Medical Services), I can continuously give the best services and reach more people who need help,” added Agus Rahadi.[]