Abdul Sattar Edhi founded the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network in Pakistan , the Edhi Foundation.
Unlike wealthy individuals that fund charities in their names, Edhi dedicated his life to the poor from the age of 20, when he himself was penniless in Karachi .
Edhi was born before partition in Bantva Gujarat, India on February 28, 1928.
He died last year in Karachi of renal failure. He was offered treatment abroad, but insisted on being treated in a government hospital at home
The Edhi Foundation’s slogan is: “Live and help live”.
Today would have been his 89th birthday.
In his honour, Google changed its logo in the United States; Iceland; Portugal; Australia; New Zealand; Japan; Estonia; UK ; Denmark; Ireland and Pakistan to a doodle, or illustration, of Edhi.
Google hailed Edhi’s “super-efficient” ambulance service.
“In celebration of Abdul Sattar Edhi, let’s all lend a hand to someone in need today,” it said.
“The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google’s personality and love for innovation,” the company says.
‘No religion higher than humanity’
With more than 1,800 ambulances stationed across Pakistan, the Edhi Foundation is Pakistan’s largest welfare organisation. In 1997, the foundation entered the GuinnessWorld Records as the “largest volunteer ambulance organisation”.
If you call 115 in the South Asian nation, the Edhi Foundation will answer