Charity established by Cricklewood dustman may have saved its first life

Wilbur Ramirez with the Shafri family

Wilbur Ramirez with the Shafri family - Credit: Archant

A charity established by a dustman from Cricklewood to promote health care in Indonesia may have saved its first life.

Wilbur Ramirez, of Langton Road, set up The Wilbur Ramirez Charitable Trust after he stayed with a family in the country’s capital Jakarta to film a documentary.

The 44-year-old, who works for Hammersmith and Fulham Council, took part in BBC programme Toughest Place To Be A Binman where he took over the round of local dustman and street sweeper Imam Shafri last year.

He had to work seven days a week in bare feet and without gloves last year and was so shocked by what he witnessed and experienced that he established the charity to help the community.

Mr Ramirez’s charity came to the aid of Mr Sharfi’s wife Windi after a medical screening discovered two lumps in her breast.

However with no free health service in Indonesia, Mr Sharfi planned to sell his round to pay for an operation meaning he would no longer have an income to support his family.

As soon as Mr Ramirez heard about the couple’s plight he arranged for the charity to pay for the operation and all other medical costs.

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The lumps turned out to be benign, but doctors said that if left untreated they could have become cancerous.

Mrs Sharfi was given the all-clear a couple of weeks ago, but will have to have regular checks.

Mr Ramirez said: “What bigger gift can you give someone, but their life. Hopefully she can have a bright future now.”

For more information about the charity visit

Or you can make a donation using the details account number 902133319, sort code 60 30 06, reference number 76047710.

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