Everybody contributes in some way or other to make the world a better place to live – especially for the ones who are deprived even of the most basic needs. While few philanthropists do it to make headlines, few become the centre of kindness with their generosity. One such philanthropists is Simrin Choudhrie who strives to do a noble job for unprivileged by trying to connect with them to understand their issues and needs.
This desire led her to feature of one of the episodes for the hit reality TV show “Secret Millionaire” where she decided to sign a 6-figure amount to charity. Simrin took the disguise of an impoverished pregnant woman, and stayed at Wilfrid’s Centre for the vulnerable and socially excluded. On knowing her real identity, the people at centre, including director Kevin Bradley were shocked to the core.
Kevin said, “What she has done for St Wilfrid’s is absolutely mind-blowing.
“When she revealed who she was it just felt surreal – things like that don’t happen in real life, or so you think.
“The money she has pledged will make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Sheffield.”
According to Kevin, the bond now formed between Simrin and others extends more than just a monetary charity; it’s a friendship for life.
“She is such a lovely girl,” Kevin said. “You would never know where she came from – there was nothing pretentious about her.
“At different points I did start to think there was something a little mysterious about her,” Kevin said. “But I could never really get to the bottom of it.
“When the time came for her to reveal herself to me I’d convinced myself I was being silly – so I was certainly shocked when she told me she was millionaire!
“She was really upset – crying that she felt like she had been deceitful towards me – and she said she felt bad because she had come to see me as a kind of father figure.
“Everybody was crying when she came out with the news, we just couldn’t believe it. It was a very emotional day.”
Simrin has grown so much attached to Wilfrid that she named her son Kabir Bhanu Wilfrid Choudhrie.
“That’s how much she loves the place – she wanted to name her son after us!” Kevin said.
Simrin indeed is the kind of philanthropist’s that 21st century needs – the one who strives to make a difference in the lives of people.