Many of us in our busy lives neither get the time nor have the energy to think of giving back to society. But there are a few who go the extra mile and make positive contributions to society. I like the relevance of a Bible story in the context of contributions : One poor man contributing a single coin and a rich man contributing multiple coins. Which is the bigger contribution? The size of the contribution should be weighed relative to the overall income of the contributor.
Given that majority of Indians are middle class, struggling to make both ends meet, we usually can’t think of making huge contributions towards charity. There are a few who has decided to overcome that hurdle and has been successful in making huge contributions towards charity (compared to their overall income). This success is achieved solely by their creative thinking, dedication and a deep sense of responsibility to humanity as a whole. Let us meet one such great achiever, Sri Muraly, from the city of Bangalore,India. I hope this will spark some creative ideas and inspire my dear readers.
Muraly is no different from the majority of us who has a busy life with long work hours. But one day he asked a question to himself – “What is the meaning of my life? … What am I doing?” He decided to actually DO something special in his life and not just dream of it. He wanted to dedicate himself for social causes. Next question was how? He decided to choose one socially relevant theme every year and conduct solo cycling missions to support that theme. For the past 10 years (2003-2012) he has continued to do so. He avails leave from office for 3-4 days and spreads awareness about the theme of the year by going around in the eco friendly cycle. He raises funds from people who care and donate it for a deserving institution that works for the theme he chose for the year. His loving family wholeheartedly supports his unique initiative to bring relief to the poor and the needy.