Dr Imtiaz Sooliman from Gift of the Givers. (Photo: Gift of the Givers Facebook)
Dr Imtiaz Sooliman from Gift of the Givers. (Photo: Gift of the Givers Facebook)

For over 30 years, non-governmental organisation, The Gift of the Givers has served humanity unconditionally; assisting all of creation, irrespective of race, religion, colour, class, political affiliation or geographic location. South Africans know, if there’s a disaster, Gift of the Givers will always find a way – usually faster than the government can – to provide assistance to the victims.

“Our mission is simple: we react immediately to restore dignity to the most vulnerable affected by disasters,” says Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder of the Gift of the Givers (and a man to whom many South Africans look as a shining example of how the country’s leaders should behave).

Last year, Dr Sooliman was named the Daily Maverick’s ‘South African Person of the Year’, a title that’s bestowed on “a person who has had the broadest or most significant impact on the country as a whole”.

The Gift of the Givers Foundation is the largest disaster relief organisation of African origin on the African continent. The organisation has delivered over R3 billion in aid to 42 countries worldwide, including South Africa. This week the organisation thanked everyone in SA and around the world – from individuals to corporations – who have supported Gift of the Givers in being able to bring hope and dignity to millions of people.

It all started on 6 August 1992 when a spiritual guide that Dr Sooliman met in Turkey changed his life – and those whom he’s helped – forever. The guide told him to start an organisation called (when translated) Gift of the Givers to help all people unconditionally and expect nothing in return. He said: “My son, I’m not asking you, I’m instructing you.”

He was told the organisation should serve people with love, kindness, compassion and mercy. “My son, remember that whatever you do is done through you and not by you,” he told Dr Sooliman, who says today that Gift of the Givers is a spiritual organisation, guided by a spiritual teacher.

Over the next 30 days Gift of the Givers’ social media pages will be showing all the work they’ve done around the world – Bosnia, the Philippines, Malawi, Zimbabwe and more – and what they plan for the future.

WATCH Gift of the Givers Celebrates 30 Years of Serving Humanity

Partnering with crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, on the anniversary of their 30th celebration of serving humanity, the Gift of the Givers is calling upon mankind to make a difference, restore dignity and provide hope to those who need it most.

Since 2017, the Gift of the Givers has raised over R4.6 Million rand through various causes on the BackaBuddy crowdfunding platform.

“It fills the BackaBuddy team with immense pride to be associated with The Gift of The Givers – a homegrown, world-class organisation that will remain a beacon of hope for generations to come,” says Catherine Du Plooy, Chief Operations Officer at BackaBuddy.

If you would like to support the Gift of the Givers, and the incredible work they do to uplift South Africans, and citizens from across the globe, consider making a donation in their honour.

“Best Among People Are Those Who Benefit Mankind” says Dr Sooliman

Support the Gift of The Givers by making a donation on BackaBuddy: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/gift-of-the-givers-30th-anniversary

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All donors are eligible for a Section 18a tax certificate issued by the Gift of The Givers.

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