Dr Amir Lakha M.B.,Ch.B – Harrow, UK
It is not enough just to care for yourself and your family. That most people do. What sets you apart as an exemplary philanthropic individual is when you also expend your time, energy or wealth on those less fortunate in the world. The act of giving, to the poor and needy in their time of despair, generates happiness for you. It nurtures the soul and brings about a sense of fulfillment and – it is abundantly rewarding! When you do it with love, selflessness and genuine concern it is even more rewarding.
Everyone, whether they are king or pauper, leaves this world after a life span of 80 or 90 years with not a penny with them. Why not utilise part of your wealth, time or energy, in your lifetime, for those in whose life you could make a difference! The time has come when those nations and institutions, which used to donate generously and freely for charity, do not have adequate funds and those that do have a lot of wealth; it is not in their culture to “give”.
The number of refugees and displaced persons, worldwide, has surpassed 70 million and the number will increase even further as thousands of refugees are created daily. A catastrophic situation can develop leading to chaos, instability and disharmony on a global scale. This does not auger well for anyone. The time has come where those in the developed, formerly affluent nations, need as much help and assistance as those in the developing poor nations. Don’t look far – The food distribution centers, homeless centres, child poverty and adult poverty are in existence in the formerly affluent nations. Now is the time to exercise your generosity! Don’t wait for tomorrow.