Award-Winning Philanthropist: Desmond Teo Yen Koon

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For his outstanding humanitarian efforts in rebuilding villages and donating to the needy, Dr Desmond Teo Yen Koon received a charity medal and honorary cross from the Austrian Albert Schweitzer Association.

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a German born physician, theologian, musician, philosopher, and scholar who had a deep commitment to serve humanity. He believed that ethics is nothing other than the reverence for life, a philosophy which earned him the Nobel Peace Prize for 1952. Schweitzer’s philosophy led to many years of humanitarian work such as opening hospitals in West Central Africa to care for and serve people.

Schweitzer once said, “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve,” and we commit ourselves to this pursuit of happiness through service and sacrifice in our own community. The lives and wisdom of Dr. Albert Schweitzer and Sir William Osler transformed the entity of the doctor, the way we view medicine and the way we view ourselves as future physicians.

Albert Schweitzer’s charitable activities spearheaded the development of the Austrian Albert Schweitzer Association. The non-profit movement facilitates charitable activities and recognizes individuals for their humanitarian efforts – one of which, was Desmond Teo Yen Koon.

Humanitarian Pursuits for A Better World

Dr Desmond Teo Yen Koon was humbled to have received an award for his charitable activities. He strives to remain committed to giving back to the society in any way he can to spread love and joy to those in need.

For further details please visit https://www.utmb.edu/osler/Societies/AlbertSchweitzerSociety