YOU MAKE A DIF­FER­ENCE

Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

Most weeks you can find me sit­ting in the cor­ner of the Fri­day of­fice cry­ing. I’m not a manic de­pres­sive – in fact I’m a pos­i­tive, up­beat kind of girl – but I’m regularly re­duced to tears by the brav­ery, sac­ri­fice and self­less­ness of the peo­ple we fea­ture in our iconic phil­an­thropic sec­tion. When my col­leagues spot my red eyes and red nose they give me a sym­pa­thetic smile and ask, ‘Are you edit­ing Mak­ing A Dif­fer­ence?’ Usu­ally I can’t re­ply as I’m too choked. One time I openly broke down, sob­bing as I read about Karibeeran Parameswaran, the fa­ther who lost his three chil­dren in the 2004 tsunami that struck the coast in front of his house in Tamil Nadu, south­ern In­dia. It was his birth­day and de­spite the dev­as­ta­tion and grief, he and his wife Choodamani found the strength and love to take in the lo­cal chil­dren or­phaned by the killer wave. Now they are car­ing for more than 40 kids who call them Mum and Dad.

Un­til now, I haven’t had any other way to hon­our these in­cred­i­ble acts of kind­ness ex­cept tell their sto­ries in Fri­day. But now I’m thrilled to an­nounce that we are hold­ing our first ever Fri­day Mak­ing A Dif­fer­ence Awards for you to nom­i­nate and vote for the

I read about Karibeeran Parameswaran, who LOST his KIDS in the 2004 TSUNAMI. It was his birth­day and de­spite the DEV­AS­TA­TION, he FOUND the STRENGTH to take in lo­cal OR­PHANED CHIL­DREN

peo­ple, groups, char­i­ties and cor­po­ra­tions who you know have made a huge im­pact on oth­ers’ lives.

So this is your chance to tell us about the friend, neigh­bour, col­league, or child who has made a sac­ri­fice or come up with a clever idea to help oth­ers, so­ci­ety or the planet.

Turn to page 30 for de­tails on how to nom­i­nate your Mak­ing A Dif­fer­ence hero or he­roes, and celebrate those spe­cial peo­ple who put oth­ers’ needs be­fore their own. So please get nom­i­nat­ing – this is the time you can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence too!

Un­til next week,

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