Sid Patel Donates 56 Laptops to Schoolchildren, Continuing His Legacy of Generosity in New Zealand

For New Zealand business owner Sid Patel, philanthropy may be his highest calling. When Kawhia School held an assembly at the end of the year, Patel was front and center, handing children bags filled with grocery items. After the students received them, they were asked to gift them to someone in the audience, which appeared to be a lesson about the joys of giving, but Patel wasn’t finished; that’s when brand new laptops were delivered to the assembly, 56 in all. There were enough laptops to ensure that every student at Kawhia School received one. Patel remarks on the moment: “I really felt like Santa.”

This isn’t the first time Sid Patel has invested in the future of his community. The hotel and supermarket owner has previously donated bicycles, tablets, and smartphones to students at Christmas, as well as tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of desktop computers for the primary school library. Beyond Kawhia, where Patel manages his KBeez supermarkets, he regularly donates food and supplies to children in towns throughout the Waikato District, including care packages of school supplies and stationery at the beginning of each year.

Kāwhia's king of kindness, Sid Patel, gave each child at Kawhia School a laptop for Christmas.
Kāwhia’s king of kindness, Sid Patel, gave each child at Kawhia School a laptop for Christmas.

 

Sid Patel with Kāwhia School students Te Raukura Marshall, Ngarongoa Marshall and Ty'Rece Marshall.
Sid Patel with Kāwhia School students Te Raukura Marshall, Ngarongoa Marshall and Ty’Rece Marshall.

It’s further inspiring to learn of Patel’s own struggles with education as a teenager growing up in Fiji. He is dyslexic and reportedly cannot read or write, causing him to spiral into depression at a young age. Speaking with 1 News in 2015, he explains how this formative background fuels his generosity to young people, to give everyone the best chance at achievement: “I said to the kids, I’m not really rich, I’m not a millionaire. I’m an average person. All I did was, I didn’t buy my boat, I didn’t buy my motorcycle this year, and I’ve given it all to you. So please make use of it!”

From 2013 to the present, Santa Sid’s remarkable legacy of giving remains intact.

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