CSR ExpertSpeak:Round Table Mauritius makes a difference for a better world tomorrow
Mithilesh Lallah, the Chairman of Round Table Mauritius, spoke to AfricaMoney on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the MRT1, where he highlighted that, over the past fifty years of its existence, the MRT1 has contributed exclusively to a number of commendable charitable projects with the club motto being to Adapt, Adopt and Improve. (Image: Company)
Mithilish Lallah, besides being a Chairman of RTM, is a Barrister at Lallah Chambers.
Edited excerpts from an exclusive interview with AfricaMoney:
The Round Table movement has been in existence since the past 50 years in Mauritius. How has it been contributing to the progress of the island economy?
Mauritius Round Table Number 1 (MRT1) has contributed extensively to a number of commendable charitable projects over the last 50 years and has assisted a number of charitable organisations and causes. We believe that together we can make a difference. MRT1 has also worked very diligently and judiciously to assist a number of NGOs in Mauritius, offering them financial assistance and logistical support.
We at MRT1 have made a number of significant contributions to commemorate the 50 years of the Round Table movement in Mauritius, which I am proud to say, came to a total of Rs 4.15 million. This consists of Rs 1.45 million donated to the Thalassemia Society, Rs. 1.3 million to the APEIM, Rs 0.5 million to the Ranger Foundation and Rs 0.3 million to the Association Handicap de Malherbes.
Currently, what is the average age category the members of the round table hail from? Are you satisfied with the youngsters’ participation?
Round Table in Mauritius is made up of young like-minded individuals between the age of 18 and 40. At Mauritius Round Table Number 1, we have a strong membership base of dynamic young individuals who pool their time, energy and resources to help and better the community. We believe in inviting a good range of representation from the different communities and diverse cultures of our beautiful island to impart a balanced perspective to our vision and our work.
What are the main objectives of the round table and how do these objectives contribute to Mauritius as whole?
The Aims and Objectives of the Round Table are, firstly, to develop a fellowship of young men through the medium of their business, professional occupation and community service activities, as well as to encourage active and responsible citizenship together with the wider objective of promoting international understanding, friendship and co-operation.
RTM also aims at recognising the worthiness of all legitimate occupations and to dignify each one by precept and example. Our aforementioned objectives are achieved though regular meetings, lectures, discussions and other activities, including the raising of funds for charitable activities.
It needs also be said that the Round Table movement in each country has its own identity and purpose, however, it is known for its efforts to assist its own community and to help those who are less fortunate.
The quality of life is of concern at RTM and support is provided by financing various charitable causes for the purchase of life-saving medical equipments, helping the terminally ill as well as handicapped children and extending support to victims of natural disasters such as famines, floods and earthquakes.
The round table is present in various other countries. What is the level of collaboration between the round table of Mauritius and other countries?
Round Table is an international movement with many thousands of clubs scattered across the four corners of the globe. At the level of Mauritius, we have our National club, which is the Round Table Mauritius (RTM), and 5 clubs —the MRT1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.
What are the main aims or any specific mission that the round table wants to accomplish in the future?
At the Round Table, our motto is to Adapt, Adopt and Improve. We believe in working with the current trends and technology to better adapt ourselves to the opportunities available, we adopt new methods to implement new trends and developments and we are always looking to improve ways to implement our vision for a better world tomorrow.
Finally, is there any message you wish to give people about joining the round table?
The Round Table movement is open to men between the ages of 18 and 40. We believe through friendship and good fellowship we can work together to make the world a better place. We believe in helping those who are most needy, in protecting our ecosystem, and working together for a better society tomorrow. I would say to all young men who would wish to join the movement, please do send your emails and visit our web pages. I believe the youth in Mauritius have the hunger to help make our country better.