RAJESHKHUMAR Modi was born on February 2, 1959 in India, where he grew up.
Yvonne Nenguwo Own correspondent
He came to Zimbabwe in 1982 after marrying Parul, who was based in the country.
Modi worked in a shop in the city owned by the late Manilal Naran. Five years after arriving in the Zimbabwe, he started his own supermarket. Modi now operates eight supermarkets in Bulawayo under Sai Enterprises trading as Bellevue Spar.
“I have been in business for 25 years and I thought donating an ambulance to Mpilo Hospital would be a very good way to give back to the community,” says Modi.
“As for the Nkulumane Fun Run, we launched it in 1997 when we opened Nkulumane Spar and have continued with it up today on an annual basis. The proceeds from the race are given to needy people in Nkulumane.”
The fun run has seen top athletes like Samukeliso Moyo participating. Three major achievements have so far been accomplished. They are:
- Donating an ambulance to Mpilo Central Hospital;
- Renovating the Intensive Care Unit at Mater Dei Hospital; and
- Supporting the Nkulumane 10km Spar Fun Run.
Sister Maureen Jamieson of Mater Dei Hospital said: “Rajeshkhumar Modi of Bellevue Spar was involved in the refurbishment of our Intensive Care Unit. He came in when we needed money to carry out the exercise.
“The project involved replacing the floor tiles, refurbishing the furniture and painting the walls. He really gave the unit a facelift. I know a hospital is not the best place one wants to be, but it has now a good look that uplifts one’s spirits even if they are not feeling well.
“One needs a good environment when they are not feeling well.” Bellevue Spar funds the project from its resources.