Dr Imtiaz Sooliman founded the Gift of the Givers Foundation in 1992 and has served as chairman and co-ordinator ever since. The organization has been developed into "the most respected international humanitarian agencies." According to his bio on the TEDxUKZN site, Dr Sooliman "developed the Gift of the Givers Foundation into one of the finest and fastest disaster response agency in the world."
He has received awards from two successive South African presidents including the President's Order of the Star of South Africa (the highest civilian award in the country) from Pres. F.W. De Klerk in 1993; the PMB civic commendation award from President Nelson Mandela in 1997. In July 2006 received a Presidential Award from the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf for Pakistan earthquake response.
Dr Sooliman spoke about the work he's done and showed images from disaster-stricken nations like Haiti that claimed the lives of millions within hours. Some points he raised:
- Best among people are those who benefit mankind.
- Something is not done by you, it's done through you.
- South Africa is the Dream Team. We have the skills and capabilities. We need to believe in ourselves. Believe in yourself. Miracles can be done.
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