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Help the Aged awards Asian Philanthropy 

Help the Aged, the adopted charity for the Asian Business Awards 2003, has introduced a new special category to the ceremony and announced that the first person to receive the Charity’s SEVA* accolade is Harish Patel, of The Regency Hotel in South Kensington. 

Mr Patel leads the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation which promotes bonding between communities and generations through the promotion of Gandhian teaching. He also supports a 40-bed home which caters for older people in Gujarat who do not have family that support them. 

His support has also directly impacted on Help the Aged. Mr Patel made a donation which put a Mobile Medicare Unit in action to bring aid to older victims of the Gujarat earthquake. 

 

 

Help the Aged awards Asian Philanthropy 

Help the Aged, the adopted charity for the Asian Business Awards 2003, has introduced a new special category to the ceremony and announced that the first person to receive the Charity’s SEVA* accolade is Harish Patel, of The Regency Hotel in South Kensington. 

Mr Patel leads the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation which promotes bonding between communities and generations through the promotion of Gandhian teaching. He also supports a 40-bed home which caters for older people in Gujarat who do not have family that support them. 

His support has also directly impacted on Help the Aged. Mr Patel made a donation which put a Mobile Medicare Unit in action to bring aid to older victims of the Gujarat earthquake. 

The unit is now bringing medical care to older people in Nadiad, close to his family town of Palaj with another unit in Banaras which is the most densely populated area in India for the elderly, close to the River Ganges. 

Mr Patel has also been instrumental in raising monies to aid the restoration of sight to hundreds of people in India .

Michael Lake CBE, Director General of Help the Aged who presented the award said:   “In the last two years over half a million pounds has been given to Help the Aged directly from the British Asian community to support our work in India. The Help the Aged SEVA award acknowledges individuals in the British Asian business community who have demonstrated a commitment to bettering the lives of older people.”  

*SEVA is the Sanskrit word for ‘service without self’. In selecting the recipient for this Award, Help the Aged used the following qualities associated with SEVA:

Dayah (thoughts) – The recipient shares the Help the Aged vision for a future where older people are highly valued, have lives that are richer and voices that are heard.

Vacha (words) – The recipient spreads the message to others about the work Help the Aged does to combat poverty, reduce isolation and defeat ageism

Artha (wealth) – the recipient has made a significant financial contribution to Help the Aged.

For further information:

sherylin.thompson@helptheaged.org.uk 

        Help the Aged has a vision is of a future where older people are highly valued, have lives that are richer and voices that are heard.  The charity is working to combat poverty, reduce isolation, defeat ageism and to promote quality in care.  The Help the Aged website can be accessed at: www.helptheaged.org.uk

        The Charity is passionate about combating disadvantage and is taking action to bring about positive change through the Stop Pensioner Poverty Now Campaign which supports the United Nations’ target to halve the number of older people living in extreme poverty by 2015.  This work is supported by Eastern Eye through the adoption of Help the Aged as their Charity for 2003.

 


 

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