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Khan's addicted to good deeds - 14 November 2014 - Witness (Durban)

Rumana Akoob

Khan's addicted to good deeds (witness)A Durban engineer believes it is the little things that count when it comes to the welfare of children. Mohamed Fayaz Khan landed an award for his good deeds in child welfare at the 2014 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards in Cape Town last week.

Khan, who is president of the board of governors of Child Welfare Durban and District, said he has continued on the path of giving for more than a decade because of the sense of euphoria that comes with the deed.

"To know that you are making a difference in someone's life feels good and that feeling is addictive. I also think it has to do with the type of background I was brought up in where my father was in the struggle.

"I have received a few calls from people who heard about the award and said they weren't aware of my work and were inspired so I'm hoping people are motivated through this," said. the father of two who became president last year after doing volunteer work for 12 years.

Khan, who donates money and helps with fund raising for the non profit organisation that needs R36 million a year to run said making a difference was about more than just giving money. "Children really just want your time so we don't believe in simply providing a roof over their heads, but ensuring that they are cared for?'

Khan, who is an engineer at Eskom is also a full time PhD student. "I also get my daughters involved by donating their toys and understanding that another child will be enjoying it," he said. He said the award has been a highlight in his life. "No one who gives does it with the intention of receiving or getting something in return so this definitely feels good," he said.

Child Welfare Durban and District runs nine community homes where they look after 200 children and is the largest child welfare in the country. Mahomed Fayaz Khan who won the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards in child welfare believes in giving more than just his money.