Jakarta. The world's eighth-richest man, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan posted an open letter to their newborn daughter, Max Chan Zuckerberg.
In the letter, Zuckerberg and Chan explain that they want Max to "grow up in a world better than ours today," and to that end, pledge to give 99 percent of his estimated $45 billion in Facebook shares to charitable causes.
This is by far, one of the greatest acts of philanthropy in human history. Understandably, we may not all have that kind of pocket change to spare — but we can do our part to serve our community and leave this world a better place.
After a successful charity fundraiser where Jakarta-diners were encouraged to dine in the dark to raise funds for the visually impaired, Youth Charity Group (YCG) now brings its latest venture to the forefront: Jog for a Cause, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6 at Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, Jakarta.
All proceeds derived from the jogathon will go to Limbs for the Limbless (YPTD), a foundation dedicated to caring for the handicapped by providing prosthetic limbs, hands and braces for those suffering with polio. YCG's goal is to collectively raise at least Rp 150 million ($10,841) for the foundation which will provide 100 recipients with prosthetic limbs.
To advance its mission, participants are encouraged to register for the jog and thereafter seek the support of their near and dear to sponsor their efforts. Doing their part are 64 participant joggers who will be joined by 50 limb recipients.
Disillusioned by the prevalence of handicapped persons in Indonesia, the foundation is driven by the motto "Losing a limb was not their choice, but helping them walk again is certainly ours."
Unishka Kirpalani, a member of the Limbs for the Limbless foundation, recalls an incident when she was 15-years-old where she was caught in a traffic jam one day on her way home from school when she came across a limbless beggar on the pavement of the road. She happened to have a brochure on her and managed to call his attention.
"With much effort, he approached the car and I handed him the brochure. At first, he looked puzzled by my gesture. After explaining what this meant for him, he was astonished and thanked me," Unishka said.
"The following day, I received a call from the [limb center] saying that a patient was asking for me. As I arrived, I found him smiling as he got his prosthetic limb fitted on his amputated leg. That truly made my day and encouraged me to keep doing what I have been doing — creating awareness for the limbless," Unishka added.
To date, Limbs for the Limbless has sponsored 9,260 patients for prosthetic limbs.
Catalysts of change
YCG is a non-profit organization committed to fulfilling the needs of the under privileged and to build inclusive and better communities in Indonesia.
To ensure that as many people can have access to opportunities, YCG sponsors several other charitable projects including monthly food drives, education for Jakarta street children and frequent distributions of daily essentials to orphanages and homes for the elderly.
In 2013, YCG successfully raised Rp 214 million which refurbished an orphanage severely damaged by Jakarta floods.
Similarly, in 2014, YCG in conjunction with the Quest for Lights (QFL) raised Rp 200 million for transplanting corneas for the visually impaired.
For more information, please visit the Jog for a Cause facebook page.