Nad Pillay, champion of the poor

2010-10-25 00:00

CHAMPION of the poor Nad Pillay (57), died recently after a long illness at his home in Lahore Road, Northdale.

Pillay worked with many charitable organisations and spent more than 20 years with Lifeline providing 24-hour crisis telephone counselling.

Apart from community work, he also became involved in the scout movement.

In 2004 together with a group of friends and family members he founded the Jothi Care Centre which provided food and other items to destitute people and community-based organisations, like the Aryan Benevolent Society, Mayibuye One Stop Welfare Centre, Isabel Beardmore Home, Pafta and Panorama Rehabilitation Centre for Drug Addicts and Alcoholics.

For more than six years — even during his illness — he was actively engaged in the distribution of hampers of groceries to destitute families, feeding street children a hot meal each week, donating various items and supplies for soup kitchens.

Supported by his wife Saras and their children, he was also very involved in the community outreach programmes of the Sai organisation.

Speaking to The Witness, Dr Vanessa K. Pillay described her late uncle as a man of principle, “a well-organised person” who always worked with a list.

While in Durban he was involved with the former Jaycees, a leadership development organisation. He won seven awards while there and was voted National Achiever of the Year in 1979.

“Always in the forefront of serving the community wherever possible, he was responsible for the many speed humps on the roads and forcing the local municipality to close off the road from the city via the Muslim cemetery after several car accidents”, she said.

A friend of the ex-servicemen who served in the war, he always made sure that ex-servicemen or their widows benefitted from the grants that were due to them. He personally undertook at his own cost to write to Pretoria and get the necessary forms and fill them out and have them returned.

His funeral took place last week.

He is survived by his wife Saras, son Kallen and daughter Sharoma and a host of relatives.

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