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2020 proved to be a year never to be forgotten! It was a year of pain, of hardship and of untold grief
for so many. For others, it was a time for reflection and
introspection, time to reset certain life patterns and most importantly
of all, a time which displayed humanity at its best, that of the selfless
show of kindness we felt for one another.
It is this very sense of community kindness that has made 2020
one to remember for One Kind Act. The resounding success of our Child of Mine
Ball in Dec 2019, the continuing generous support of our followers through
donations and fundraising efforts (especially that of the youngsters) and
that of our loyal Sponsors and the invaluable bonding of new charity
partnerships has meant that One Kind Act have achieved more than we could
have hoped for in such a difficult year. It has meant that the TOTAL FUNDS RAISED IN 2020 WAS JUST UNDER £145K.
You will see we have been able to continue to reach out to
worthy Causes in India & Africa, comprising £150K of our grants.
The remaining £100K of grants has been in our response to the COVID crisis here in
the UK. Never before have we witnessed the courage and selflessness that some
local charities such as LCK, OFFL & SWAT have shown in tackling food
poverty amongst the poor, vulnerable and the homeless. We SALUTE all such
charities for the dedication they have shown in 2020.
Bright Start to 2021
We have hope for 2021. And this first ray of hope has been
inspired by no other than Alisha Malhotra, our Chairman’s daughter.
Five years ago, after suffering a stroke, Alisha had to put her
teaching career on hold. The work she did empowered children to stand on
their own two feet. Five years on, she’s returning to education. In
partnership with One Kind Act and Yuva Unstoppable, by launching Bright Start
- An Educational Scholarship Programme to help some of the brightest but most
marginalised children in India.
Learn more about the Bright Start Scholarship Programme here
For any other information on what One Kind Act do, please visit
our website www.onekindact.org.
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offer our sincere thanks for your continued support.
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OKA | NEWSLETTER | AUG 2020
to our Newsletter.
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. These
unprecedented times of the pandemic present a whole new scale of
challenges across society. It has been a peaceful, restful time
for some, a time to pause and reflect. For many, however, it has been a
time of immense hardship, struggle and deprivation.
It is advisable to sometimes analyse and evaluate a journey, looking
back to see how far one has come, what lessons were learnt along the
way and what the path ahead entails.
As such we took the opportunity to look back, through the Causes we
have supported to date, at our accomplishments in stark black and white
metrics, a few of which we share with you here:
NO OF ADULTS/CHILDREN
SUPPORTED THROUGH FOOD POVERTY & TOWARDS GOOD HEALTH IN THE UK
NO OF HOMELESS SUPPORTED
THROUGH FOOD POVERTY & TOWARDS GOOD HEALTH IN THE UK
NO OF ELDERLY SUPPORTED
THROUGH FOOD POVERTY & TOWARDS GOOD HEALTH IN THE UK
NO OF NEW HOUSES BUILT IN
NO OF PEOPLE HOMED IN THESE
NEWLY BUILT HOUSES
NO OF VILLAGES LIT IN INDIA
NO OF HOUSEHOLDS LIT IN
NO OF NEW CLASSROOMS BUILT IN
NO OF CHILDREN SUPPORTED
TOWARDS EDUCATION IN AFRICA
NO OF CLEAN WATER TANKS/WELLS
BUILT OR REPAIRED IN SRI LANKA & AFRICA
We are proud of the difference we have made. These are not simply
statistics. Behind them is the experience of real people, of
children, elderly, mothers and fathers.
Within these numbers is Arulmathy, a widow and below knee amputee, with
3 children. She had no choice but to persevere as a daily wage worker
under harsh conditions to feed her children. A well built for
them enables them to have clean drinking water and ability to cultivate
her small piece of land, giving her family food and basic income.
There's Frank, 89, in Harrow, a sprightly pensioner with a twinkle in
his eye. He gets enough to eat during this frightening COVID-19
crisis and helps out his deprived neighbours through our support.
Govind's village in Maharashtra now has electricity. There is no fear
of snakes and scorpion bites while walking at night. His mother does
not have the persistent hacking cough from inhaling noxious smoke while
For the Turay family in Sierra Leone, life will never be the
same. They moved out of a slum into a proper home. Each day
they are grateful for running water, for toilets, for the chance to
live with dignity. The first baby born in the village instead of the
slums heralded a new dawn for another family. The baby named
Destiny after the village has a positive future with more opportunities
And the slum children Imran,7 and Arti, 5 would have normally spent
their days playing and working in a rubbish pile, helping their mothers
as rag pickers. They would search for bits of plastic, used tampon
applicators, scrap pieces of metal. Now their days are spent, as is the
right of every child, in a classroom and playgrounds.
CHILD OF MINE BALL
In December 2020 One Kind Act hosted a glittering ball, attended almost
500 guests to raise funds for children suffering from poverty of
health, education and nutrition around the world.
Over £130,000 was raised which went towards three worthy, effective
- WORLD CHILD
CANCER improves the diagnosis, treatment and
support of children with cancer in low and middle-income countries and
provides support to their families. OKA has donated towards their
work in oncology, supporting some of the poorest communities in Malawi.
- HOME LEONE
works in one of the poorest nations of the world, Sierra Leone.
They have relocated hundreds of slum dwellers in a village with proper
homes, sanitation, running water and electricity. OKA has
helped to build classrooms and furnish a school in this village
- THE REAL
JUNK FOOD PROJECT (now known as London Community
Kitchen) deals with food poverty among families in UK. They
collect perfectly good food which supermarkets would otherwise throw
away and make it available to deprived, hungry families on a pay what
you feel basis.
In March 2020, a catastrophe unfolded on our doorsteps and within our
communities. COVID-19 promised to bring untold suffering to the
poorest, most fragile communities in the world.
Therefore, in full awareness of the unprecedented challenges, and in
many cases horror, we were witnessing we whole heartedly and
quickly launched One Kind Act's COVID-19 Relief Fund. The appeal
is for dedicated additional funds to urgently allow us to help our
communities prepare for, and make it through, these terrible
times. We are well placed and in touch with local Causes
including frontline groups to see what is needed and how funds raised
can be most effectively spent.
Over £14,000 has been raised to date, with funds still coming in
regularly. One Kind Act have boosted this from our own reserves and
have granted over £18,000 to:
Community Kitchen for PPE and to continue helping
them towards providing hundreds of food parcels for the vulnerable,
homeless and the marginalised people of our Harrow community
Food For London (OFFL) to purchase long life food,
drinks and fresh fruit and vegetables for around 300 homeless people
being sheltered across 3 hostels and for 4 hubs set up to meet the food
needs of 100 elderly and vulnerable families in the Harrow and Haringey
districts of London
to provide meals directly to our brave NHS workers who are risking
their lives to help the very vulnerable and sick within hospitals
One Kind Act committee member, Ritu Soni convinced Kellogg's to donate
hundreds of cereal boxes to our effort. Additionally, she
persuaded The Seven restaurant, Harrow, to also donate food cooked in
their kitchens to feed the poor of Harrow. We were humbled that a
restaurant which was making no money still had the generosity to dig
deep and help others even while they were struggling. Thank you
Mark Ramprakash, our patron visited the London Community Kitchen with
the mayor of Harrow to see for themselves the families that were
being fed, the dedication of the volunteers and the patience of those
waiting in long queues to receive their food parcels. They also
launched the "Make Harrow Smile" campaign to do a kind act
and then nominate others to continue this chain of kindness.
One Kind Act caught the eye of two larger, well
established charities with a view to collaborate because they
recognised the special value we, as a smaller organisation, bring to
beneficiaries of our work. We, in turn recognised collaboration
with a large organisation allows us to bring impactful solutions
to more people. We believe collaboration is the right step when it
deepens the positive impact an organisation makes on its recipients.
Trust is a unique bridge between the British Asian
community and supporting great projects in India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They are able to identify and reach the
most vulnerable sections in these countries and ensure donations have
maximum positive impact. We hope to support each other in our
work, thereby expanding our scope of charity work.
Unstoppable aims to transform government schools into
smart, clean schools with sanitation, clean water and
technology. One Kind Act is impressed with their modus operandi of
maximum impact with minimum cost and whole heartedly support their
vision that the long-term solution to poverty is effective education.
We have contributed towards their work with marginalised communities
and frontline warriors during Covid-19.
Thank you for all your support to enable the remarkable transformations
we achieved. During the pandemic your help is more important than ever
need your support to help people around the world suffering through no
fault of their own.
supporter at onekindact.org. Follow One Kind Act on
Facebook, Instagram (@okacharity) and Twitter (@OKAcharity)
We leave you with the words of Ritu Soni, OKA Associate, who penned
this poem after observing mothers, fathers, children, the old and young
waiting to collect their food parcels in Harrow.
Or windy gales
For the food bag
Patient and waiting
Some looked to see
My bag empty
My heart full
My child hungry
My world now different
Nothing moves me
Don't judge me
Nobody gets it
Until you are in it
They think they know why
Now it's a test
Am I now for real?
For eyes to open wide
I'm not invisible.
A man a woman a child.
For eyes to open wide
I'm not invisible.
A man a woman a child.
We all at One Kind Act send you our best wishes.
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OKA | NEWSLETTER | JANUARY 2020
2019 was a busy, productive and fulfilling year for One Kind
Act. We welcomed Sarah, Duchess of York as a new patron,
hosted several fundraising events and undertook to support more worthy,
noble causes around the world. In keeping with our ethos,
costs were negligible and almost 100% of money donated reached the
needy. Several new sponsors joined us, recognising the
benefits of enhanced corporate social responsibility and the marketing
they receive through our social media channels and mentions at big events.
events are characterised by their fun, pleasure and joie de vivre, in
keeping with our ethos of living your best life while giving to life.
The CHILD OF MINE BALL in December was the largest, glitziest, fun-filled event
marking a wonderful end to the year while raising much needed funds for
children around the world suffering through poverty of health, nutrition
or education. Powerful speeches from Sarah, Duchess of York, Mark
Ramprakash, Shamit Malhotra and Tyler, a young boy being lifted out of
hunger who had the audience mesmerised. Live singing from acclaimed Navin
Kundra had the dance floor filled until the early hours. Feedback
from guests was touching. There was deep appreciation for the sincerity
and integrity of One Kind Act. To quote an example "we have been to
dozens of charity events, the difference with you is it all comes
straight from the heart".
Over £130,000 was raised. Around 50% of the monies raised at the Ball
will be granted to the three Causes present on the night, The Real Junk
Food Project, Home Leone and World Child Cancer. The former two are
projects One Kind Act have supported since inception and we take great
joy to see them grow. In the long-term, thousands of children in UK and
around the world will be given health, hope and opportunity where there
The ever popular
One Kind Act GARDEN PARTY in August was another
sold-out affair. Held in the grounds of Raj and Mona Bhogal's country
mansion, guests sipped cocktails, feasted on a banquet and danced to live
music on a pleasantly warm summer’s day. Over £20.000 was raised
towards supporting disabled children in Kenya and providing water to
poverty struck schools in Tanzania.
The successful PRIDEVIEW CRICKET CUP brings out ever
increasing crowds each year to enjoy the competitive cricket tournament,
fun, games and stalls for all the family with an open bar and lots of
food all day. Over £30,000 was raised which went towards feeding
the poor in UK, providing opportunity through sport to the
underprivileged in India and to new school classrooms for the poor in
Apart from the One Kind Act hosted events, there were several hosted by
individuals who care about making the world a better place. A
Latino party, an afternoon of insights into the Kamasutra, half marathon,
spinning class, art exhibition and ethical catering evening are just some
examples of the diverse way individuals had fun while raising money to
feed, educate and help the poor around the world.
delighted to announce that in the 5-year life of One Kind Act, we have
raised £850,000 to date, signifying our success year-upon-year in
helping the needy.
Our ethos to maintain minimum costs continues. We are so proud of almost
100% of money raised reaching the most needy with no unnecessary costs.
We conduct thorough due diligence on the Causes to ensure they are with
integrity, transparent and effective in bringing real improvement to
In 2019 we granted around £230,000 to some very noble Causes:
feeding and winter packs for London's homeless, building a food storage
medication to treat Uganda's poorest children £1000
kitchen equipment, storage space, Christmas gifts for the poor £14,000
Home Leone, building proper new homes and businesses for slum dwellers
a brand new rehabilitation centre in Patna with equipment for head injury
Made with Hope,
foundations for 3 classrooms and 20 water harvesting tanks in Tanzania
feeding 100 neglected elderly in South India daily, £14,320
supporting a social worker for street children in Ecuador £1,240
construction of a dormitory for disabled children in Kenya, £12,500
winter clothes and food for UK homeless £11,850
Community Centre, Christmas hampers for poor in NW London £500
We are always open to being introduced to new Causes that may be close to
your own heart. Please talk to us about doing a fundraiser
together. We have the experience and the enthusiasm!
As you can see, we
have brought real, effective improvements in some of the most deprived
lives around the world. But
we need your help to continue. Regular monthly donations, from as
little as £5 per month (the price of a coffee or pint)
are our life blood to facilitating our work. Please consider
setting one up. You can claim the tax back on your tax return too
whilst we can use the gift aid to further aid the needy; so it’s a
win-win situation. Or if you are running a business, become a Sponsor and
enjoy exclusive invitations to our networking evenings and marketing on
our social media channels and at large events.
It is Valentine's Day soon, the perfect reason to spread a little love
around the world. Donate Here
Look out on our website for upcoming events. 2020 promises to be
another fun filled, joy giving one.
Trustees and committee of One Kind Act wish you and yours a happy,
philanthropic and peaceful new year.
One Kind Act continues to be inspired by the generosity of its supporters and their efforts to make a difference to the causes we support. A recent donor’s gift and the reasons for it has prompted us to take a look at ‘smarter giving’.For many people, the giving journey mirrors their wealth creation progression and for many others, it is connected to personal experiences such as a particular ‘personal situation’ or from seeing the impact of inequalities and life chances around them. Some are influenced or encouraged by family and friends. Of course, human emotion and passions plays a big part in wanting to do something. Typically, individuals focus on wealth in stages such as growth, then preservation and finally legacy. Discussions about succession and inheritance may introduce the approach of ‘giving while living’. A period of self-reflection allows individuals to think about why they want to give, followed by what approach to take to achieve that desire and then to engage their family in the endeavour. The correlation between satisfaction in life and income weakens the further up the earnings ladder you climb. The more financial success you have, the more likely you are to see diminishing returns on happiness. Fortunately, there are other ways to be happy. Of them all, making other people happy through philanthropy is one of the most potent. And the difference you make in the world is your legacy. The rational, smarter and practical approach you take is quite important too. Donors are mindful of legitimate tax advantage available such as reduction in inheritance tax that benefit their estates and their nominated charities when planning for donations. For example, by gifting ten-percent of your taxable estate to charitable causes allows you to reduce the typical 40% Inheritance Tax Rate down to 36%. This makes a material difference for large estates on the actual tax bill and benefits the charity too – a ‘win-win’ outcome. With IHT tax-free allowances frozen for a long time and with rising house prices, increasing IHT taxable estates are costly and giving part to charity makes sense to reduce the tax bill. In addition, donors want to engage with their charity partners to dig a little deeper into ensuring their donations make an impact for their chosen causes or projects. The younger generation (being recipients of the intergenerational wealth transfer from their baby-boomer parents) are now being made aware that their education and starting point in life allows them to not only build further from what their parents have ‘invested’ in them but to do so whilst giving away part of that accumulated wealth to benefit those with disadvantaged life chances. By the same token, younger people have influencing peer groups and social media and, therefore, see problems and imbalances in the world at an early stage in their lives. They are encouraging their parents to think differently about philanthropy in terms of activism and are more aware of global issues and the continued need for philanthropy and greater social change. Their involvement can have a profound influence on the priorities of the ‘family legacy’."I believe in giving wealth away which was created. Sharing wealth with others makes me happy" (recent OKA Legacy Donor)
Sponsor Dinner 2019
One Kind Act hosted the annual dinner for Sponsors at Chairman, Shamit Malhotra's home on 22 March 2019. Over 50 guests enjoyed a drink's reception and a 3-course meal while mingling and chatting. Taz from The Real Junk Food Project, a cause supported by OKA spoke eloquently and movingly about the shocking waste of supermarkets on one hand and the hunger of deprived families, children and the elderly on the other. With the help of OKA, TRJFP has saved 250 tonnes of food that would have been thrown away and instead employed chefs to cook warm nourishing meals for the poor. Ritu Soni, OKA Associate, gave a snapshot of where sponsors' money had been used to immeasurably improve and save lives. Ajay Khindria, OKA Trustee, spoke about exactly how much money had been raised, given away and the transparency and due diligence employed by OKA to ensure the most effective use of money. The speeches were deeply appreciated by all present who undertook to continue supporting the noble work done.
There were many very tempting Auction prizes up for grabs at
One Kind Acts’s Step A-Head ball held in January 2018 in aid of sufferers of
brain injury.One such prize was a fine-dining experience - to be enjoyed
in the comfort of one’s own home but at the hands of hospitality of One Kind
Act and Vazzas Green Cuisine. Sanjay and Noreen Sumra came forward to very
generously bid for this indulgence. The day, Saturday 1st September,
was eagerly anticipated. Much exchange of conversations and emails regarding
the format, menu and drinks were to be had, with no leaf unturned to guarantee
an evening to remember. And what a delightful evening it turned out to be!On a beautiful balmy warm night, against a backdrop of
crisp green lawns and tall coniferous trees, an ambience of peace and serenity
filled the space. There followed the delights of the evening….§
Mouth watering spread of canapes accompanied by
Stunningly presented main dishes using the best
of Vazzas fresh and wholesome ingredients, together with copious amounts of
carefully selected high quality wines§
On call butler service provided by the OKA team
to ensure that the quests were wined and dined to their hearts’ desireThe evening was a happy success, with both the hosts and
guests truly appreciative, as were One Kind Act for having the kind and
generous support of Sanjay and Noreen.One Kind Act would like to thank the chef, Varun Thapar, and
his sous-chef Esha Thapar, of Vazzas Green Cuisine for their enormous
contribution of providing all the food for free and for their very professional
delivery on the night. Please check out
their website www.vazzasgreencuisine.co.uk.
Lahore Kebab restaurant in Harrow was the venue for the third annual sponsors dinner hosted by One Kind Act. A drinks reception followed by a three-course meal was a resounding success attended by almost seventy guests. Around twenty sponsors mingled with half a dozen causes that had benefitted from their donations. Feedback indicated it was deeply satisfying for donors to hear first hand how their money was being used effectively to improve lives of the impoverished in UK and around the world.Speeches from some of the causes highlighted the scale of the suffering in some areas but also the huge difference in bringing happiness and relief the money through One Kind Act had achieved. Amar, committee member of One Kind Act spoke comprehensively about the due diligence, the safeguards and the processes in place to raise money and ensure its use to bring maximum, long term impact with no wasteful costs to some of the most destitute.There was deep appreciation for the transparency of One Kind Act and pledges by all sponsors present to continue their support.
"I couldn't ask for more of a miracle" Mattie Lacey-Davidson speaks to charity founder and father of womanwho survived a brain haemorrhage about their efforts to give back..Read the original article in Asian Inspired Magazine. Also available in gallery below.In January 2016 a 26-year-old from Harrow had an unexpected brain haemorrhage and after a “miracle” recovery she is planning a charity event to raise awareness and funds for brain injuries around the world.Alisha Malhotra, now 27, is working with her father's charity One Kind Act to arrange the Step A-Head Charity Ball, taking place in January 2018, two years after she was hospitalised.Her father, Shamit Malhotra, explains: “She was very critical and we didn't think she would survive, She was in hospital for five months, we didn't know if she would survive or how she would be. When she woke up she couldn't speak, read, write or move.“She had to learn everything from the beginning and spent months in rehab, both physical and psychological. I couldn't ask for more of a miracle, I'm glad she's alive.Despite a recovery her father lovingly hails a miracle, Alisha is unable to return to work as a teacher because she has aphasia.It is a condition that affects the brain and leads to problems using language correctly. People with aphasia make mistakes with the words they use, sometimes using the wrong sounds in a word, choosing the wrong word, or putting words together incorrectly.Considering that she had forgotten how to speak when she awoke from a four-week coma and had to learn every single word all over again, Alisha has come a long way.Her father adds “We wanted to do something with brain injury because I know we are so lucky, the only reason she survived is because we live in this country. She had to be operated on immediately, and then the care that came, anywhere ’ I know we are so lucky, the onlyreason she survived is because we live in this country else and she wouldn't be alive. many other countries just don't have the facilities. “She has been an inspiration, she's fought so hard despite losing everything and she‘s come a long way, so we wanted to do something to help people around the world."Her noteworthy efforts don't stop there, Unable to work she is currently looking for voluntary positions and hopes to be able to mentor others.It is clear that she inherits her charitable attitude from her father, He founded the charity One Kind Act in January 2015. He explains why: “I have always tried to put money aside to help people, my father used to do that so I did it and I wanted to teach the same to my children."Visit onekindact.org for charity and event details.
Just Living? Having a Strong Moral Compass helps!Is your moral compass active?Today’s interconnected, mass social media society is quick to praise or condone actions. Witness the speed with which individual comments or visual images transform into collective opinion or video footage going viral. In one sense this poses an interesting dilemma for the individual – are you ‘with’ or ‘against’ the so-called popular ‘instant wisdom’. Do you stand up for what’s right when unpopular, show commitment to ethical standards and integrity through words and actions. In whose interests do you act and do you take personal accountability and expect the same of others? Is your moral compass active?In recent months, populism seems to have taken root - there is anger, sadness, frustration, mistrust, loss of confidence, etc – over a range of different issues, especially against the ‘the establishment’. This provides fertile ground for politics, business and ‘alternative facts’ to exploit. Images play a powerful role, they ferment passions when you see strife and turmoil in the Middle East or hunger and starvation in Africa or environmental damage from illegal deforestation and burning in Asia or, nearer home, abuse and exploitation of the young and vulnerable. Reputational damage is caused when you see mistreatment of an airline passenger, bloodied and being dragged off an aircraft or car emissions data misused to circumnavigate regulations or when cybercrime results in financial loss or personal information and data hacked into. And add to this continued bribery and corruption across the world between business and politicians. Mixed into this heady cocktail is ‘the media’ – print, sound and visual. Then there is social media, created for and by itself, the consumer digests its own news. Boundaries are weak between what is perception and reality, fact and fiction and news and fake news. Our sensory perceptions are under constant exposure to news, views, e-mails, texts, twitters and whatapps’ - the compass in your mind just whizzing around in no particular direction or purpose!The Third Sector – needs to watch its compass deviation?Back to the individual – he/she enjoys life and works hard (private sector), must pop-in to see his/her local GP (public sector) and is lucky to have an affordable place to stay (for example, housing provided by the third sector). This scenario in unlikely to be rare and is a simplistic illustration of our mixed-use economy. The role played by this third sector, the charitable and voluntary sector, is important. It provides another vital layer of a safety net and contributes to our cohesiveness. This includes a diverse range of organisations from social enterprises, community workshops and clubs/societies to think-tanks, private research initiatives and cooperatives. The notion of community spirit still thrives and in practice, individuals engage with each other in a multitude of ways to commit time and money in giving.From time to time the charity sector comes under the microscope – a well-known and powerful on-line fund platform that facilitates the raising of hundreds of millions of pounds has come in for much criticism over the quantum of fees it generates on donations plus related gift-aid and the transparency over its charges. Its defence might be persuasive – there is no reason why a ‘for-profit’ charity cannot operate as a ‘for-good’, highly professional, reliable and trusted organisation that has a proven track record in enabling a vast range of causes from raising funds. There is mutual dependency at work here – the technology and innovation provided by the talented people who run the platform acts as the ‘generator’ for fund raising that is scalable. But in turn, the platform becomes a ‘taker’, the bigger the volume of funds raised, the greater its fees. The danger for the platform is the perception of greed, arrogance and a sort of monopolistic behaviour arising from its success. If the public believes it is getting a value add service, the relationship will survive but its needs to be wary of the risk of moral hazard, of being seen as ‘taking but not giving’.Transparency is about doing the right thing, being open, accountable and trustworthy. However, it is possible for charities to be smart and business-like whilst retaining core values at the same time.Similarly, certain charities have been fined recently by the regulator responsible for data protection. Breaches have occurred in the buying, selling and sharing of personal information of donors, between charities and third parties. The aim was to exploit (‘data mine’) the valuable information that data analysis can provide of donors’ wealth, preferences and lifestyles, with a view to targeting alternative avenues for further donations. The involvement of third parties is to use technological capabilities that charities do not possess and in return, they are able to further data process the core personal information. The use and abuse of data, be it at work, in cars, on your mobile, tablet or television and the advent of the internet of things, poses interesting challenges. Who or what data really controls your personal moral compass?One Kind Act – a place to rebalance the compass?Well, if you embrace ‘compassion’ and play around with the word, then you can quickly reset your compass! Today it sees everyone is a staff member, an associate, customer, client, buyer, follower, a crowd funder, a whatsapp group member, etc. We are identified by mobile numbers, e-mail addresses, passwords, user ID’s, etc. Somewhere in there is a person, a living being capable of detaching from the omni-channel existence of handhelds and headphones and wanting a connection that makes a difference.OKA is that channel – a conduit to be part of life that makes sense of living, where through your own actions and interactions with fellow like-minded people, you get to build something worthwhile. Your personal compass will guide you to your destination – a cause you want to pursue, an event you want to contribute to, your expertise and time you want to volunteer or simply to give something that makes a difference with someone else’s life compass.Kaushik ShahSupporter of One Kind Act