Google honors Abdul Sattar Edhi in Pakistan

    Google honors Abdul Sattar Edhi in Pakistan

    Feb.28, Islamabad: Abdul Sattar Edhi founded the world's  largest volunteer ambulance network in Pakistan , the Edhi Foundation.

    Unlike wealthy individuals that fund charities in their names, Edhi dedicated his life to the poor from the age of 20, when he himself was penniless in Karachi, reports said. 

    The reach of Edhi's foundation grew internationally, and in 2005 the organisation raised $100,000 in aid relief for the victims of  Hurricane Katrina. Edhi was born before partition in Bantva Gujarat, India on February 28, 1928.

    He died last year  in Karachi of renal failure.  He was offered treatment abroad,  but insisted on being treated in a government hospital at home. Today would have been his 89th birthday. 

    The Edhi Foundation's slogan is: "Live and help live".

    In his honour, Google changed its logo in the United States; Iceland; Portugal; Australia; New Zealand; Japan; Estonia; UK ; Denmark; Ireland and Pakistan to a doodle, or illustration, of Edhi.

    Google  hailed Edhi's "super-efficient" ambulance service.

    "In celebration of Abdul Sattar Edhi, let's all lend a hand to someone in need today," it said.

    The technology giant's team has created over 2,000 doodles for homepages around the world. Among those recently celebrated are  Pramoedya Ananta Toer ,  Fred Korematsu  and Edmonia Lewis .

    The Oslo Times International News Network