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$66,000 for UNICEF’s flood relief efforts in Pakistan

November 2010
$66,000 for UNICEF’s flood relief efforts in Pakistan On September 24, 2010, Drs. Gulshan Harjee, Asma Khalid Butler, and Rana Hassan hosted over 400 people to raise funds for UNICEF’s flood relief efforts in Pakistan. By the end of the evening, the event—filled with personal reflections, fellowship, dinner, music, and dancing—brought in over $66,000 for UNICEF. Beyond the dollars raised, this event continued the important work of raising awareness in our region of the ongoing challenges facing the people of Pakistan, and of UNICEF’s unique position in helping the Pakistani people to overcome these challenges.

Sarah Walton, Southeast Region Board Chair for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, spoke passionately about UNICEF’s long history in Pakistan (since 1948), and its work in this crisis. UNICEF was a first responder to the flood, is providing water to almost 6 million families in Pakistan, has immunized over 500,000 children against deadly diseases, and is doing whatever it takes to make sure no child in Pakistan dies from a preventable cause.

Former Miss India Georgia Anissa Daftari led the room in pledging support for the families in Pakistan through $50 donations, raising almost $40,000 in less than 30 minutes.

Tanweer Mian performed traditional and Bollywood style music, with the help of friends Salim Panjwani, Aslam Pervez and Karim Sayani. Kumud Savla’s NNKB students entertained with traditional dances.

In a silent auction organized by Aliza Kassim, a student in the Lovett School, Shahla Delawalla, age 15, donated her signed Taylor Swift guitar after her mother asked that she contribute something of significance to her.

With delicious Pakistani food donated from Mr. Zaid Chaudhary and Ashiana Restaurant, and all other services for the event donated, every dollar raised will be applied directly to UNICEF’s work in Pakistan.

Drs. Harjee, Butler and Hassan are still receiving donations from friends and community members who could not attend. Donations can be sent to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta at 1447 Peachtree Street, Suite 1447, 30309. Donations can also be made online at www.unicefusa.org or in $10 increments by texting “FLOOD” to “UNICEF”.

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