The super savvy internet surfers here at UmmahSonic Towers love it when Google honours people on its search homepage.
Almost daily, there’s a different Google Doodle hovering over its search field, often using the word ‘Google’ intermingled with some illustrated brilliance.
Last year, they marked International Women’s Day in what Glamour magazine said was one of the best Doodles yet. They regularly go for big global events such as Valentine’s Day (this year’s was with a twist – they dedicated it to trying to save the Chinese pangolin!).
But our favourite ones are when they honour people who have done great things. Sometimes, they’re people we’ve never heard of. The unsung heroes of times gone by who have achieved amazing things that affect lives even today.
On February 28, Google honoured the late humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, who founded the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network in his home country of Pakistan. Called the Edhi Foundation, it started with just one vehicle, but soon grew to over 1800 with many more volunteers.
Edhi began working to help the poor when he was just 20 – and this continued for his entire life.
He came up with a pretty simple but cool slogan for his Foundation: “Live and help live”.
That’s a pretty good motto in our book!
It was such a success that in 1997, the Foundation entered the Guinness World Records as the ‘largest volunteer ambulance organisation’.
Not bad going!
One of Edhi’s most inspiring traits was his dedication to humanity, backed up by his Muslim faith. He helped everyone, regardless of their religion. When challenged on why he was helping Hindus or Christians, he’d simply say, “Because my ambulance is more Muslim than you!” He believed that Islam taught compassion.]
Edhi never wanted to be recognised for his achievements – a campaign was once launched to award him a Nobel Peace Prize – he just wanted to help other human beings.
We think he was amazing.
Edhi sadly died last year. Google honoured him on what would’ve been his 89th birthday!