Happy Birthday Mehmet! Mehmet used his 40th birthday to raise $4,800 for TPF. Mehmet Kirdar is a financial advisor, TPF’s vice-chair and a father of two. He is a genuine and kind person. Until this year, he celebrated his birthdays with a casual dinner with his family and close friends. But this year, he decided that he wanted more than sharing a cheesecake with his loved ones. To celebrate his milestone birthday, Mehmet decided to give back to his community. He asked his family and friends to donate to TPF instead of gifting him. He raised $4,800. We are truly touched by Mehmet’s choice of birthday celebration this year and honored that he chose TPF.
Mehmet, one of the oldest TPF team members, remembers the days when TPF was just an idea discussed at a coffee shop. This was 8 years ago when TPF was about to be founded by handful of Turkish-American philanthropists who shared a passion of giving back to Turkey. Since he believes in giving back, Mehmet supported TPF since the beginning. He devotes his time and energy to TPF despite his busy personal and professional life. Mehmet joined team TPF with his 8 year old daughter, Sadie for #teamTPFruns campaign and finished a 5K run. Sadie was one of the youngest runners that day and impressed many of us as she ran alongside with her father. She is the living proof of our motto: “Everyone can be a Philanthropist!”
We are delighted to have Mehmet in our community of philanthropists and proud to be his choice of charity. If you think you want to give back to a cause you believe in like Mehmet, your upcoming birthday is the perfect opportunity to do that. Create your own fundraising project or support one of TPF’s. Your birthday cake will taste more delicious when you know that someone in Turkey is grateful for your help. There is no better gift than being able to change lives.