Neha Jayaram, Communications and Marketing Specialist
“No one has ever become poor by giving”- Anne Frank
In 2015, the UN designated September 5th as the International Day of Charity. This date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, and the resolution is, in part, a tribute to her work and dedication to charitable causes.
Charities and individuals around the world undertake work to alleviate human suffering, poverty and other humanitarian crises. This work is made possible by the organizations and individuals who generously donate their time and money to these causes.
Today, we would like to recognize two of SCHC’s generous donors and thank them for their support.
They know because Kamlesh sits on the Finance, Audit and Risk committee and was on the Board of Directors for 3 years. His wife, Rajul has volunteered for SCHC’s EarlyON Center.
Both of them are strong believers in giving back to their community. “Companies I worked for in the financial sector were always doing pro bono work and encouraging us to volunteer for non-profit boards”, says Kamlesh. “I think supporting others was ingrained in me, even as a child. When my father passed away, we were amazed at how many people showed up that he had helped and that we didn’t even know about”, stated Rajul.
When Kamlesh had to resign from the board because of increased responsibilities at work, he decided to change his gift of time to gifts of financial support. Their generosity supports the three program areas close to his heart which he knows have difficulty getting ongoing funding from other sources:
- The Food Bank because it helps with the basic necessity of food.
- The senior programs and Active Living Centre because of how much those type of programs helped his parents when they emigrated here from India and felt extremely isolated and
- The EarlyON centre because Rajul loves children and being an early childhood educator saw how families benefitted.
When asked what he wanted people to know about SCHC, Kamlesh responded, “I wish more people were aware of the programs and services available at SCHC and I wish more people donated so they can continue to help those in need.”
SCHC is very grateful to our donors, to the teams from organizations that volunteer in our programs and to all the countless individuals that help us to continue to serve the Scarborough Community.