ISLAMABAD: World-renowned philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi was remembered on the occasion of his 89th birth anniversary.
Google honoured him with a doodle of the man who was fondly known as the ‘Angel of Mercy’.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was born on February 28, 1928, in Gujarat but then migrated to Karachi after partition.
After noticing that people in Pakistan were without shelter, food medicine and clothing, he begged people for donations.
Edhi was able to convert a small room he had into a dispensary which serviced the poor. Very soon, people began to trust him and provided him with donations to help the poor, hungry and destitute in Pakistan.
Paying tributes to Abdul Sattar Edhi google wrote: “In 1951, he established the Edhi Foundation, which is funded solely by private donations. The foundation, which operates 24 hours a day, provides a variety of social services from homeless shelters to medical care – all free of charge – and has helped thousands of people around the world in times of need. Most notably, the foundation operates the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network in Pakistan.” “In my entire life I have driven no other car except my ambulance,” Edhi said.
Abdul Sattar Edhi expired on July 8, 2016, from kidney failure. During the last days of his illness, he stated that he preferred to be treated in Pakistan rather than abroad and earned further laurels from the general masses.