BC raises . )25 S.MCH in Sur­rey

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On Oct 14th, the BC Chap­ter of Shaukat Khanam Memo­rial Can­cer Hospi­tal ar­ranged a fund-rais­ing gala din­ner at Taj Park Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Sur­rey. Among the or­ga­niz­ers were in­clud­ing Saif Pannu, Hamza Ma­lik, Waseem Javeed, Adeel Haider, Ah­mar Kazi, and friends . Mr. Raza Mi­rani and Zee­shan Ahmed were the masters of cer­e­mony. The pro­gram be­gan with the recita­tion of Holy Qu­ran by Da­wood Rai. Mr. Saif Pannu then wel­comed the guests. Due to Civic elections, they in­vited many hon­or­able politi­cians, and Sur­rey May­oral Can­di­dates Tom Gill, Doug McCal­lum and City Coun­cil­lors can­di­dates to in­tro­duce them­selves. Af­ter their speeches Mr. Pannu re­quested guest speaker, Dr. Faisal Sul­tan, CEO of SKMH who had spe­cially came from Pak­istan for this fun­drasier. Dr. Sul­tan has been part of Shaukat Khanum from its early days. He ex­plained the be­gin­ning of the hospi­tal and the tire­less ef­forts of cur­rent PM of Pak­istan and For­mer Cap­tain of Pak­istan Cricket Team. The hospi­tal is named af­ter the mother of Im­ran Khan, who died af­ter bat­tling can­cer. Since its in­au­gu­ra­tion on 29 De­cem­ber 1994, two re­search-ori­ented ter­tiary level on­col­ogy hos­pi­tals have been built in La­hore and Pe­shawar in Pak­istan and con­struc­tion is un­der­way for the third one in Karachi. The La­hore hospi­tal is Pak­istan’s largest can­cer hospi­tal and it’s home to the largest ra­di­a­tion on­col­ogy cen­tre. The sec­ond hospi­tal was in­au­gu­rated on 29 De­cem­ber 2015 by a can­cer pa­tient in Pe­shawar. Dr. Sul­tan elo­quently de­scribed how none of the pa­tients are treated for free. Rather, an ad­vance pay­ment has been made on their be­half by donors like those in the au­di­ence. He shared de­tails of the hospi­tal’s ac­com­plish­ments and fu­ture projects and em­pha­sized on the im­por­tance of do­na­tions. A short auc­tion was also held to as­sist in fundrais­ing which in­cluded a bat and some cricket balls signed by Im­ran Khan. At the end of the event, $62, 000 were raised. Af­ter din­ner, the guests had the en­joyed a beau­ti­ful mu­si­cal per­for­mance by Aima Baig who has ap­peared on Maza­karat Dunya TV Show and Coke Stu­dio.

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