Ameer Jumabhoy is doing his family proud with his charitable initiatives
7/9/2014 2:12:05 PM
|written By : Sunuja Naidu|
Ameer Jumabhoy is a young man with a heart. Just 24, the avid polo player has been championing various noble causes through his sport. It all started four years ago when people close to him were diagnosed with cancer. He was majoring in political science at Rice University in Houston, Texas, at the time. Wanting to help cancer patients, he started a charity initiative called ‘Golden Goals’ where every goal he scored would receive a donation of $10. He raised $27,000 in the first year for the Texas Children Cancer Centre, which incidentally was located near his university.
A year later, in collaboration with the Royal Family of Pahang, he raised RM20,000 in a one-day event to promote breast cancer awareness in Malaysia. And in 2012, he raised RM60,000 – this time, with the involvement of luxury watch brand Jaeger LeCoultre. He also raised money for the paediatric centre of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Pakistan – an institute started by the legendary cricketer turned politician Imran Khan in memory of his mother. “Four thousand people came to the event, 3,000 of whom were underprivileged children. It was like a carnival, a cool thing to do on a weekend,” he recalls.
Photo courtesy: Gill Polo/Martin Haies