May 5, 2017
Dr Jack Preger, the founder of Calcutta Rescue, was honored as “Philanthropist of the Year by the prestigious Asian Award in a star-studded ceremony in London. He is the first living non-Asian to win the award.
The award recognizes his extraordinary contributions to helping the poorest of the poor in Kolkata for the past 38 years and, before that, helping refugees in Bangladesh.
During the presentation at the Park Lane Hilton by actor and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar, Dr Jack, was described as: “truly an outstanding individual who defines the meaning of philanthropy.”
Dr Jack told the audience, which included the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar (who was awarded “Sportsman of the Year” award), and a host of other celebrities: “This is an incredible honor for me. This award gives my organization, Calcutta Rescue, a prestigious recognition, and that’s a great help for raising funds. It’s a great help. In Kolkata, financially it really is so difficult to keep an organization going nowadays.”
Jaydeep Chakraborty, Calcutta Rescue’s new chief executive, said: “The entire team at Calcutta Rescue feels tremendous pride that Dr Jack’s work is finally beginning to be recognized.” Despite his age, Dr Jack still lives in Kolkata helping run Calcutta Rescue, motivating staff, caring for patients and continuing to inspire supporters around the globe. After the awards Sanjeev Bhaskar tweeted about Calcutta Rescue: “You are all amazing. Philanthropy in action.” HONOUR AN INCREDIBLE