The event marked one of TCF Canada’s greatest achievements, raising a record level of donations and bringing together 1,000 guests.
The event was supported by over 36 corporate sponsors, some of whom contributed great prizes including free trips to the Bahamas, Turkey and Saudi Arabia and U2 concert tickets through live auction, the proceeds of which shall be directed to the education of under privileged children in Pakistan. Suhana Meharchand, a renowned news anchor and host of CBC News Now, presided as the Master of Ceremonies.
The highlight of the evening was an inspiring address by Mushtaq Chhapra, Chairman and Co-Founder of The Citizens Fondation (TCF) Pakistan, who expounded upon the mission of the organization and the measurable difference TCF and its global chapters have made over the years, and reminded attendees that the challenges that TCF sought to address at the time of its founding have only become more pressing today. In 1995, when TCF was founded, the target of 1000 schools seemed too optimistic to some, but it’s now a reality, which was only possible with the help of volunteers and donors of TCF. TCF is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations running 1,060 schools and is providing education to 165,000 students, which is half female and with an all-female teaching faculty of more than 8,900.
TCF is constantly striving to increase its reach and to bring more and more education-deprived locations within its network.
Just during the last year, TCF established 60 news schools and enrolled 20,000 new students.
TCF wants to expand at a much faster pace than this but needs people’s support. Mr Chappra urged to donate generously and regularly to TCF and help building more new schools.
TCF Canada’s President, Aziz Rakla thanked all TCF supporters and volunteers and made an impassioned plea for even greater efforts for TCF vision to be fulfilled. He suggested the audience to increase their donations to children’s education, as their income level increases. Other activities included a showing of a documentary, Rabbi, Zidni, Ilma (Danish Mumtaz – The Goldmine Films), which brought to mind the limited access Pakistani children have to education and focussed on the impact TCF has had, not just on hundreds of thousands of the Country’s youth, but also on the socio-economic landscape of the Country as a whole.
The honoured guests and participants included the Consul general of Pakistan, several dignitaries and leading businessman and entrepreneurs. During the evening the Guests were treated to enthralling performances of the sounds of Persia by the Attar Ensemble of Rumi Mystic Canada. Guests were able to indulge in a variety of rich South Asian cuisine and had plenty of time to mix and network together.
The evening, above anything else, highlighted the plight of under privileged children in developing countries, especially in Pakistan, who are in need of support and encouragement in order to reach their true potential and become respectable members of their community. All the speakers made fervent calls for support to this noble cause so that children born poor are not deprived of their basic right to be educated. They also pointed out that despite the efforts of voluntary organizations such as TCF, the need to educate under privileged children was growing and urged upon the diaspora for greater contributions and support.
The vision of TCF is to remove barriers of class and privilege and to make the citizens of Pakistan agents of positive change. TCF believes that access to basic education is the right of each individual and not a privilege.
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