Celebrating National Volunteer Week and Earth Day

Message from Bilaal Rajan This week, the biggest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism is taking place throughout Canada. From April 18 – 24, National Volunteer Week will recognize the 12.5 million volunteers nationwide by saying “thank you.” I have often said that volunteerism is the lifeblood of any caring, decent society. It is the difference…

March 2010 – Defeating Racism With Diversity, Education and Understanding

Via Bilaal Rajan’s Newsletter: Racism is perhaps the most shameful and destructive aspect of human history. This week, the world will celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, observed annually in late March. Exactly fifty years ago this week in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people in Sharpeville, South Africa…

Bilaal Rajan awarded Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship – The Youngest Ever Recipient!

Young Trailblazer Among Ontario’s Outstanding Citizens November 16, 2009 – A 13-year-old is among 11 outstanding Ontarians to receive the province’s Medal for Good Citizenship for their commitment to the betterment of their communities. Bilaal Rajan, the youngest ever recipient of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship will be recognized for his work to help…

Bilaal Rajan In Mandela’s Land and Amongst the “King of the Arctic”

From Simerg.com Two iconic figures in their own right – first, Nelson Mandela,  who suffered decades in prison under former South Africa’s apartheid regime; however his sacrifices and struggles eventually led to his people being freed from oppression and inequality. Bilaal Rajan met this remarkable iconic freedom fighter known for his grace, generosity as well…

Raising a philanthrokid

–excerpts– “I used to be a jewellery lady, with lots of designer purses,” says Shamim Rajan, the mother of a 12-year-old activist named Bilaal Rajan of Richmond Hill, Ont. Then one day her son reminded her about the world’s starving children while they were out shopping. Bilaal was four years old when, horrified by a…

Bilaal Rajan in Barefoot Challange, Richmond Hill Jamatkhana Vounteers Team

Click photographs to enlarge.  From top: 1. Group shot, Junior volunteers barefoot challenge participants 2. Bilaal addressing junior volunteers bare feet. 3. Jamatkhana volunteers volunteering bare feet. 4. Bare feet participation from adult volunteers. 5. Mukhisaheb Nadirshah Khoja Richmond Hill and Daughter Jenna Khoja Related: http://makingchangenow.com/ Join Bilaal Rajan in the 2009 Barefoot Challenge Toronto…

Toronto ‘superkid’ serves as UNICEF ambassador – CTV Toronto and other news sources

TORONTO — He spends his weekdays haunting the corridors of one of Canada’s most elite private schools, but Bilaal Rajan’s time isn’t solely occupied with the pursuits of the average Grade 8 student. As a child ambassador for UNICEF, Rajan travels to the world’s poorest nations, then tours his home country sharing his experiences with…