Corporate Social Responsibility

Gifts bring a smile to Titu

Zahir Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, of Mir Telecom Limited presenting 2 tickets of Bangladesh-Ireland to Titu (C), also seen are Ruslan Nasir (L) and Mahreen Nasir (R), Directors of the company.

The Daily Star's photo of the physically challenged teenaged beggar Mohammad Titu, who was plying the roads of Karwan Bazar in a Bangladesh national team jersey, had garnered a tremendous response from a wide array of people over the last couple of days. And a number of those responses bore fruitation yesterday, when Titu found himself the recipient of different financial and logistical support from a wide cross-section of people and corporates. Dashing Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who had pledged his World Cup jersey to the young beggar, delivered on his promise and also further assisted him by pledging a sum of Tk 3,000 every month for the young man.Tamim's teammate, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim also gave Titu his training jersey at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Housewife Nargis Rahman, from Eskaton who was the first in a long line of callers to enquire about Titu, also delivered on her promise to provide him with a wheelchair, which she handed over at The Daily Star office on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue yesterday.

Zahir Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer of Mir Telecom, and Directors of the company Ruslan Nasir and Mahreen Nasir presented Titu two tickets for the Bangladesh-Ireland match and also offered cash assistance.

Titu said that he would take his brother to the Bangladesh - Ireland match with the tickets from Mir Telecom that took place 25 February 2011. Telecom giants Robi also did their bit, as an official provided him with a mobile phone. Titu, who lost his legs in a road accident a couple of years back, expressed his gratitude to all of his well-wishers and said that these gifts would help him to survive in a better way. Titu, who lives in a slum, behind the Film Development Corporation (FDC) in Karwan Bazar, supports two siblings on his daily earnings. After being infected with the World Cup bug, he had saved two days' earnings to purchase a Bangladesh team shirt. After receiving the gifts, Titu prayed that the Tigers performed their best in the World Cup.