TCF Van­cou­ver raises $40,000 for ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan

The Miracle - - Front Page - By:Mis­bah Naseer

Ed­u­ca­tion is a hu­man right. And, like other hu­man rights, it can­not be taken for granted. Yet, in Pak­istan, the lit­er­acy rate 65% which greatly ham­pers na­tion’s growth. 22 years ago, a group of cit­i­zens rec­og­nized the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion in bring­ing so­cial change and started non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, The Cit­i­zens Foun­da­tion. Today, it has 1,441 op­er­a­tional school units in Pak­istan which are cur­rently pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to more than 204,000 stu­dents na­tion­wide. TCF-Canada, one of its in­ter­na­tional chap­ters, helps pri­mar­ily by col­lect­ing dona­tions from ex­pa­tri­ates and var­i­ous other or­ga­ni­za­tions. It is reg­is­tered with Canada Rev­enue Agency and au­dited by KPMG. On Septem­ber 8, the Van­cou­ver chap­ter of TCF held its fourth an­nual fundraiser at Taj Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Sur­rey. The key­note speaker was Iqra Khalid, the honor­able mem­ber of Par­lia­ment who pre­sented the pri­vate mem­ber’s mo­tion con­demn­ing Islamophobia. The mis­sion of this sub-chap­ter is to raise aware­ness and pro­mote the TCF brand and or­ga­nize an­nual fundrais­ers tar­get­ing the Greater Van­cou­ver au­di­ence. All dona­tions raised from the fundraiser goes to sup­port the an­nual op­er­at­ing cost of an ex­ist­ing TCF school in Pak­istan. Amna Hy­der and Na­bil Khaja were the hosts for the event. The event be­gan with the recita­tion of the holy Qu­ran by young Far­wah Arslan fol­lowed brief up­date on TCF Van­cou­ver by Mr. Us­man Nadeem, Van­cou­ver Chap­ter Lead. Mr. Waseem Javed then pre­sented a re­port on TCF’s progress and ac­com­plish­ment. Pres­i­dent TCF-Canada, Mr. Sa­jid Sal­man also at­tended the event as well as the hon­ourable Con­sul Gen­eral of Pak­istan, Mr Mo­ham­mad Tariq. Mr. Tariq com­mended the ef­forts of TCF and also ex­pressed his per­sonal grat­i­tude for the Fa­rooq fam­ily for their sup­port for ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan. Long­time sup­port­ers of TCF, Mr. Alib­hoy and Mrs. Janet Fa­rooq spoke at the event about the how their fam­i­lies be­came in­volved and the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing this cause. Hon. Iqra Khalid then took the stage and shared the heart touch­ing story of her fa­ther’s jour­ney from a small town in Pak­istan to Europe and even­tu­ally set­tling Canada with the sin­gle goal of achiev­ing ed­u­ca­tion for him­self and his kids. She en­cour­aged everyone to do­nate gen­er­ously to TCF. She also took the op­por­tu­nity to speak about the vi­o­lence in Myan­mar and her role on the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on Hu­man Rights Sit­u­a­tion of the Ro­hingya in Myan­mar. She asked peo­ple to ac­tively voice their opin­ion.Mr. Mo­ham­mad Yasin then led the fundrais­ing part of the event. The Ro­tary Club of Burn­aby pro­vided a gen­er­ous cheque of $7,744 for TCF and the chap­ter was able to raise close to $40,000. Awards were then given to the or­ga­niz­ers and the guests of honor re­ceived hon­orary plaques. The event was sup­ported by many gen­er­ous spon­sors and was beau­ti­fully put to­gether by a ded­i­cated team of TCF mem­bers and vol­un­teers.After din­ner Ja­mal Raja, a tal­ented mu­si­cian from Cal­gary set the stage for the evening’s en­ter­tain­ment.

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