Birmingham, March 22 (KMS): UK-based Aghosh relief organization in collaboration with Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan raised £370,000 in charity during dinners held in Manchester, Bradford, London, Milton Keynes and Birmingham for the earthquake victims of Türkiye and Syria.
Chairman of Aghosh UK, Adeel Riaz, said, his organization has decided to build an orphanage in Gaziantep city of Türkiye for 250 orphans.
Abdu-sh-Shakoor, Vice President Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan; Abid Hussain, Executive Director of Aghosh UK; Seyfi Onur, Consul General Türkiye, Manchester; Kristaine Backer, journalist; Afzal Khan, Shadow Minister UK; Asif Luqman Qazi, Muhammad Yasin MP, Mrs Daine Hawkins JP LLB, the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and others who participated in the events for fund raising, said, “it is our duty to help needy people in this situation.”
Shakoor led a delegation of Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan to visit earthquake-affected areas of Türkiye and Syria. He said volunteers of Alkhidmat Foundation carried out search and rescue operation besides carrying out relief activities.
“The situation is far worse in Syria… the people have no equipment to carry on search and rescue operations and no equipment and medicines for injured people in the hospital,” Shakoor said, adding Alkhidmat Foundation decided to provide equipment for the hospital. He said Alkhidmat Foundation will launch mobile kitchen that will move from village to village of the quake-hit areas in Türkiye.
Adeel Riaz said his organization and Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan trained 60,000 volunteers who did a tremendous work during unprecedented floods in Pakistan, last year. Millions of people are beneficiaries of these relief activities, he added.
During the fund-raising events, a cricket bat signed by Pakistani players was auctioned at the dinners. Pakistan has one of the best cricketers in the world.
Co-Founders of Aghosh UK including Dr Riaz Ahmed and Fahim Kayani appreciated entire Aghosh UK team for playing vital role to make these events successful.