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By MPA magazine
Weddings are stressful enough as it is, wining and dining dozens of guests. But how about feeding 2,000? That’s what Yellow Brick Road wealth manager Zaheer Lalani and his wife Sajda managed at their wedding.
WEDDINGS ARE stressful enough as it is, wining and dining dozens of guests. But how about feeding 2,000? That’s what Yellow Brick Road wealth manager Zaheer Lalani and his wife Sajda managed at their wedding – not as an act of extravagance but instead to help 2,000 of the most impoverished people in one of the world’s poorest countries, Pakistan. It was wedding planning with a difference, Lalani explains.
“We were thinking what we could do to not only enjoy the wedding but also give something back in return.” Lalani is principal at YBR Blacktown, and his wedding was the culmination of 20 years of work with the Edhi Foundation, a major charity in Pakistan that provides everything from ambulances to marriage counselling.
“The Edhi foundation in Pakistan is a household name,” Lalani explains. “The founder, Abdul Sattar Edhi, is basically known as the father of Pakistan.” Edhi, who passed away in July this year, was praised by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as “a great servant of humanity”.
Lalani, who is from Sydney, began his charitable work in Australia, using the skills he’d learned as a businessman to help the Edhi Foundation – “mapping out a strategy plan as far as Australia was concerned”. International volunteering was not initially on the agenda, explains Lalani.
“I started with the Edhi Foundation at a local level, and then ended up doing this at a global level.” For brokers who want to do charitable work, Lalani advises them to start local.
“You’ve got to make sure your house is in order … [if] you’ve done whatever you can do there and you’d like to do more, then there’s a million and one organisations.” Nor should brokers and financial planners underestimate how much their skill sets can help.
“I’ve done a lot of pro bono work for clients; if that’s all you can do to give back, then do that. When it comes to charity it’s not just about giving a monetary donation; the whole concept of giving your time and knowledge to people is just as important.”
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