WHEN Durban engineer Mohamed Fayaz Khan digs deep into his pockets to help improve the lives of orphans, all he expects in return is to see the joy on their faces.
But this week Khan's generous donations and endless fundraising efforts were rewarded at the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, which celebrate those whose personal giving has contributed to social change in South Africa.
Khan, 36, a Reservoir Hills father of two, was among 12 philanthropists honoured at the Zip Zap Dome in Cape Town on Thursday night. He received an award for his contribution to the welfare of children.
Khan, who heads the board of Child Welfare Durban, said: "Time spent with children in need is all the motivation you need to give back."
The Eskom engineer makes regular contributions to organisations such as Child Welfare and the Edith Benson Babies Home. Khan does not just give money; he volunteers a significant amount of his time and energy to raising funds as well as to mentoring and guiding the staff and children at the organisations.
"Children don't need fancy presents and money. What they need is attention and love. They need to be nurtured. Being a father, I know what kids lack and what they need," he said.
Khan and his wife, Themesha, became involved with Child Welfare when they volunteered 13 years ago to tutor children in maths and science. "Although Child Welfare feels that I gave a lot to them, they have given me more back in terms of the reward for the work I do," he said.