Last week Akshay Kumar visited the Khalsa School in Malton, Canada, for a ribbon cutting ceremony and surprised the kids with a state-of-the-art computer lab. The Bollywood star, who is a Canadian citizen, has a home in Toronto and the school is in one of the neighbouring localities.
“I have been blessed with the best of opportunities. It’s time for me to help as many as I can get started in life, so they can eventually help themselves. Hopefully, with the advanced technology at their fingertips, these children can make great strides not just in Toronto but the whole of Canada,” says Akshay.
The actor has been quietly making similar donations to many schools in Mumbai, as also workshops that cater to special needs, but doesn’t like talking about it. “I do it for myself and my sister who has a heart bigger than the Gateway of India,” he smiles.
Along with his partner Ajay Virmani, Akshay has launched a charity, Hero’s 4Humanity, whose mission is to raise funds for a variety of causes, including education, research, health care and culture. In an effort to build one ‘hero’ at a time in communities across India and Canada, an authentic Indian gala will be hosted every year by the action hero, the first one having taken place recently.
“Children are our future, we must invest in them to ensure their foundations are strong. Hopefully, others will be similarly motivated and get involved,” says Akshay. Given his proximity to the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, one wonders if he will jump into politics in the near future.
“No, no politics for me, whether in India or Canada,” says the Padma Shri. “I’m happy with what I’m doing and don’t need to stick my fingers into too many honey jars. PM Harper is a good man, we both have our country’s best interests at heart and are working towards them, he through politics, and I through entertainment. We have no plans of exchanging jobs.”