Judge Majeed: Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador
By Maria Sonnenberg, Space Coast Medicine & Active Living // October 4, 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Judge Alli Majeed will be honored as a Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador during a Gala event on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto.
‘Life is not about taking, It’s about giving’
When Brevard County Judge Alli Majeed travels, he carries two suitcases. One is for his clothes, the other is to fill with items to give to impoverished residents of the country he is about to visit.
“Whenever I travel, a critical aspect of the trip is to go visit an underprivileged school with donations,” said Majeed.
With the aid of his staff, Majeed will assemble 100 bags with school supplies such as pencils, erasers and paper pads, as well as personal hygiene products such as toothbrushes and combs.
“These are serious goodie bags,” said Majeed.
Through word-of-mouth from friends and friends of friends, Majeed will identify a needy school. While the supplies are badly needed, they serve an even greater purpose: to help Majeed motivate the students.
“My objective is to encourage them to stay in school, to aim high,” he said.
A native of Guyana in South America, Majeed knows all too well how important hard work is for a good life, and how equally important it is for young people to receive words of encouragement.
“When my family first came to America, people here were very welcoming and we’ve never forgotten that,” said the judge.
A popular motivational speaker in the county, Majeed is often tapped to present his views to groups that range from Rotarians to Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.
In fact, the entire Majeed family adheres to a generous code of giving. His wife is one of the organizers of IndiaFest, which raises money for many worthy charities while at the same time raising awareness of the cultural treasures found in India.
Son Noah, an 11th grader at West Shore Junior/Senior High School, volunteers at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center on weekends.
Two years ago, he joined his father on a visit to an Amerindian village deep in the jungles of Guyana.
“For the first time in his life, he saw students who had to go to school barefoot, students who had nothing,” said Majeed. “It made a big impression on him.”
The police officers of the City of West Melbourne, where the Majeeds reside, know that the Judge is always there for them, even at two in the morning.
“Whenever they need me to sign warrants, they know they can always get me, no matter the hour,” said Majeed.
A grateful West Melbourne even named the street in front of city hall in honor of their favorite judge. Majeed’s name is also on the cricket field at Palm Bay Regional Community Park, as thanks for his service as captain of the cricket team for many years.
The Majeeds also support the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation, the Children’s Hunger Project, Doctors without Borders and Sentinels of Freedom, among many other charities. Majeed is one of the longest-serving board members of Honor America.
Known as a no-nonsense but fair judge, Majeed draws praise even from folks he has ordered to prison. One of the defendants, guilty of multiple DUIs, called Majeed after his serving his stint in prison. He wanted the judge to officiate at his wedding.
“His bride-to-be told me I had really changed him,” said Majeed, who indeed married the couple in the same courtroom where he had previously sentenced the groom to jail.
Majeed lives life by a simple credo.
“Life is not about taking,” he said. “It’s about giving.”
SPACE COAST MEDICINE WEEK SET FOR NOV. 1– 8
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation has raised more than $1.7 million in support of charity thanks to the assistance of Judge Ali Majeed and many generous and giving special people.
Those people, and their spirit of philanthropy, will be recognized and honored on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards, which will be part of the nine-event “Space Coast Medicine Week,” produced annually by Brevard Productions, the event and production sister company of Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and Space Coast Daily.
The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards will be held at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place beginning at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet, followed by the dinner and awards program at 7 p.m.
DGF AMBASSADORS TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
Rosanne Cain, BSN; Barbara Carter; Tim Cerullo, CEO, Wuesthoff; Dr. Arvind Dhople; Dr. Rachel Fornes; Nina Gadodia; Michael Haridopolos; Dr. Heidar Heshmati; Dr. Irfan Imami; Edwin Loftin, R.N., V.P. Parrish Medical Center; Astronaut Jon MacBride; Dr. Patricia Manning; Judge Alli Majeed; Dr. Ashok Shah; Mike Shah; Naren Shah; Mr. and Mrs. William Terry; Susan Tindall; Dr. David Weldon; Bruce Wolters and Vitas Hospice.
Parrish Medical Center with CEO George Mikitarian, will also be recognized and honored with a Doctors Goodwill Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for their many years of support of the Doctors Goodwill Foundation charitable endeavors.
“The entire Doctors Goodwill Foundation board and community feels heartfelt gratitude to the people who contribute their time, resources and compassion to the charitable endeavors that we undertake,” said Dr. Kanti Bhalani, the Founder of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation.
“The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation can only do what it does, thanks to the love and support that it’s friends provide. We feel it is important to recognize people who give of themselves and that is why we created the Doctors Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards.”
COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES
Stay tuned to SpaceCoastDaily.com and Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine for extensive multimedia coverage of each and every honoree, as we present their compelling charitable works through stories and special tribute films by Maverick Multimedia, Inc.
Don’t miss the Oct/Nov 2014 special edition of Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine for complete multimedia coverage of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards – and all the events of “Space Coast Medicine Week.”
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