Mukesh Shah, who runs IAAF member Motor Parts Direct, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition of his charitable and community service.
Mukesh started from very modest beginnings. Through hard work and with the help of his family, very close friends who have always stuck by him and in business – his staff and business associates, he has made a great success of himself.
In 1989, Mukesh Shah was the victim of a brutal attack by thieves (on his way to deposit business takings to Barclays bank) whereby his leg was severely broken and he was hospitalised for well over 3 months. Fortunately, he recovered but he has had several operations over the years and his injury still plagues him to this day.
In spite of his injury, Mukesh has successfully accomplished three London marathons, completed a one-hundred-mile bike ride, led two trekking expeditions to the Himalayas and encouraged many others to take up these activities to enrich their health and well-being.
He is a devout Jain by religion and a strong believer in the well-being of other less fortunate than him. He has remarkable philanthropic qualities and has for many years helped several thousand blind people in remote parts of India and Kenya to regain their eyesight. Through his family run Charitable Trust (MZ & KZ Shah Foundation) he has helped many unfortunate people suffering from poverty, ill health, old age and severe disability in remote areas of India and Kenya as well as in England.
The Pioneering American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie once set the standard for giving back: “No man can become rich without himself enriching others,” he said. “The man who dies rich dies disgraced.” Mukesh strongly believes in this philosophy.
Within a short period of his trekking expedition to the Everest Base Camp, the entire region suffered a natural calamity in April 2015 bring a lot of suffering to the Nepalese peoples. All the people involved in the trekking expeditions had Nepalese guides and everyone developed a strong affinity towards these hard working people.
Mukesh was deeply touched with this tragedy and he together with the help of his friends set out to collect funds from donors outside of his family so that collectively a substantial fund was built up in an effort to provide long term relief to many of the displaced people of Nepal. This project is ongoing.
Since 1997, the Foundation has contributed to name a few, the following major causes:
- Supporting eye camp project in Thika, Kenya
- Funding the acquisition of Opthalmic digital imaging equipment and Yag laser units to various eye hospitals in India
- Supporting the Amara charitable Trust whose main objective is for the education of children in semi-arid areas of Kenya with an emphasis on building structures providing a long term conducive learning environment
- Supporting various organisations in India for the advancement of education and the welfare of blind, poor and disabled people in India.
- Very recently donated for the refurbishment of the assembly halls at the Oshwal Centre in Potters Bar, primarily to support the use of these facilities for the advancement of Jain religion as well as for recreational purposes.
In addition to what the Foundation contributes, Mukesh and his family also directly contribute towards the following projects:
• Funding a school in Songad, Gujarat – this project has been going on for the nearly 7 years.
• Contributions to some poor families both in Kenya and India
• Feeding over 1,500 children every day in India and Kenya
Mukesh now focuses a lot of his time on philanthropy and outdoor activities.