Durban was the chosen city for the World Memon Organisation (WMO) Africa Chapter AGM and luncheon held over the weekend.
Memon philanthropists from around the country converged on the city to discuss the WMO’s plans in Africa for the year ahead and their planned charitable and “giving back” projects.
Founded in 2002 by a group of ‘concerned’ Memon businessmen, the WMO has spent more that R1.2 billion on various projects worldwide, including schools, housing and hospitals, to help disadvantaged families in need of bursaries, food, shelter and medical attention.
The local chapter’s key project this year is to build a retirement village in Centurion. Those disadvantaged elderly members of the community who do not have homes will be able to spend their “twilight years” in a comfortable, secure and Islamic environment.
The organisation believes this facility is lacking for the Muslim community.
The organisation’s president, Suleman Noor, spoke passionately about the WMO, its projects, and its vision to give back to those in need. “The WMO is self sufficient with its own funding to cover its various expenses,” said Noor.
“ We are the only organisation that spends 100 percent of monies donated to WMO on our projects,” he said. Despite his age, Noor is still a very active businessman and is dedicating much of his time and money through the WMO to giving back to those in need. A common trait visibly evident among the high ranking members of WMO at the event.
In a matter of ten minutes, R14 million was pledged toward the retirement village project by generous WMO members. A hectare of prime Sibaya land worth R20 million was also donated to the WMO for development of a village in Durban.
The pledgers made it clear that they are putting their money where it makes the biggest difference to the most number of disadvantaged people in the community.