Five-year-old donates birthday presents to charity

April 6, 2013 by  

A five-year-old boy from Ringwood has made the grand gesture of donating $400 of birthday money to a charity in South Melbourne.

Wanting to make a difference, Ali Manager celebrated his fifth birthday in January by passing the money, which he received in lieu of gifts, to the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Ali had decided he had all he needed. Abuzar Manager, Ali’s father, mentioned the importance of giving he has tried to instil in his son. He said:

“We’ve been talking to him about how life is about giving. We’ve had the opportunity to travel and show him there are people not as fortunate as we are.”

After visiting India with his father, it dawned on Ali that he should help people who are less fortunate. His father mentioned that Ali has always been a giving and sharing boy. Jane Higham, a representative from The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, said her heart melted upon hearing of Ali’s generosity:

“I haven’t met many five-year-olds prepared to give up their birthday presents.”

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation charity is dedicated to protecting children from the devastating effects of violence. It hosts programs across Australia.

The foundation was established after Alannah and Madeline died in Port Arthur. The charity was launched in 1997 by the Prime Minister, and is now a national foundation with patrons including Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. South Melbourne residents are invited to participate by utilising local printing services to produce materials which promote the charity’s ideals.