“Everyone should appreciate what we have,” said philanthropist David Harilela, the nephew of Hong Kong’s richest Indian, Hari Harilela.
“More and more people are moaning and groaning, and I don’t know why,” Harilela was quoted as saying in an interview. “It’s better to focus on doing good.”
Harilela, 64, is CEO of the David Harilela Group and a philanthropist whose global humanitarian award, The One, is going on its third year of rewarding those who do good for the world.
One “unsung hero” who spends every day helping those in need will win the US$100,000 top prize. Three other finalists will receive US$50,000. Nominations for the award were received from Rotary clubs in about 60 countries, but none from Hong Kong.
Harilela said the award committee would set up a separate Hong Kong The One award next year to attract more local nominations. More than 200 Rotary clubs around the world collaborate in the scheme. […]
“I’m from the third generation, so I’ve seen poverty before in the family as well. I had to work hard,” Harilela said. “So I hope [the award] will spread the word about people doing good in the world.”
Another thing that irks Harilela about Hongkongers is their demands for change.
Recently, Hong Kong has seen a number of protests from residents calling for press freedom and open elections amid an interfering Beijing.
When China gained control of Hong Kong in 1997, a goal was set for direct elections to be put in place there by 2017. Hongkongers’ continual urging to open the nomination process could potentially culminate to a massive protest this summer, “Occupy Central“, which plans to rally over 10,000 people to block the streets in Hong Kong’s central business hub.
On democracy and the call for direct elections, Harilela said: “It should come…It’ll come when the time is right.”