Round Table Mauritius marks 50th anniversary with Rs 4.15 mn donation to NGOs
The Mauritius Round Table No 1 celebrated its Golden Jubilee, representing 50 years of tabling in the island economy and on this occasion, the Round Table announced a donation of Rs 4.15 million to support NGOs.(Image: Wazna Gunga)
The Mauritius Round Table No1 (MRT1) celebrated its Golden Jubilee, representing 50 years of tabling in the island economy, at the Sugar Beach Hotel on Saturday, 02 May 2015.
On this occasion, the Round Table also announced a donation of Rs 4.15 million to support NGOs in the presence of Deputy Prime MinisterXavier-Luc Duval.Of this amount, Rs 1.45 million was given out to the Thalassemia Society, Rs 1.3 million to the APEIM, Rs 0.6 million toMen against Violence, Rs 0.5 million to the Ranger Foundation and Rs 0.3 million to Association Handicap de Malherbes.
To help the young and dynamic men of the country gather as a like-minded group to further their objectives and create a truly functional network to fulfill their charitable ideals, the Round Table movement was firstled by Louis Marchesi in the 1926 in the United Kingdom.
In Mauritius, the first activities of the Round Table date back to 1960 and were brought to the island by the British Tablers.
It may be noted that the MRT1 is one of the five clubs, which are a part of the Round Table (RT) of Mauritius. The clubs under the Mauritius Round Table work actively towards raising funds for the benefit of underprivileged Mauritians in general, particularly for uplifting children’s education and health, or poverty alleviation in the society as a whole.
The RT is a social networking and charitable organisation that serves as a non-religious, non-political and non-sectarian movement for men aged between 18-40 with the following motto: Adopt, Adapt and Improve. This is a philosophy that still holds good and that has gathered momentum and spread across the globe as time has passed.
In 1982, during a World Council (WOCO) meeting in Bombay, the Mauritius Round Table decided to place a bid for the Indian Ocean islands to become a region of their own within the World Round Table movement. The minimum requirement for a region to be recognised by the International Round Table was to have at least 3 Tables. Accordingly, at the time, discussions took place between Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion Island, as each country had one table.
The Round Table movement since extended itself with the creation of more and more Tables in Mauritius until the movement became strong enough to make Mauritius a region by itself which currently stands 5 tables strong: MRT1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.
Chairman Mithilesh Lallah highlighted,“We at Mauritius Round Table Number 1 believe in working together and pooling our resources to help the most needy individuals. We are devoted to this cause, and strongly believe that together, we can make a difference. Long Live Mauritius Round Table, Long live Round Table!”
MRT1 member Irshad Paurobally, for his part, said that the Round Table movement has 70 members with the aim of contributing towards a better society through community service.
Finally, the round table movement offers the added aspect of international networks that work in collaboration to give support to the community such as those that provided support to Nepal when it was recently hit by a severe earthquake that claimed thousands of lives and rendered many homeless.