Source:  www.masala.com

“A father lifts his newborn son above his head as he submerges under water. His prayer is for someone to lend a helping hand. That helping hand is you.” The millions of flood victims who lost everything in the greatest natural disaster ever to hit Pakistan need the power of positive thought and action – that’s just what ‘Pakistan Appeal’ is all about. And you can be a part of the landmark UNICEF charity event!

Imran Khan will speak at the 'Pakistan Appeal' event about his personal relief efforts, the acute need for funding and his own account of the tragedy on the ground picture: Getty Image
Imran Khan will speak at the 'Pakistan Appeal' event about his personal relief efforts, the acute need for funding and his own account of the tragedy on the ground picture: Getty Image

The event, organised by Quintessentially, takes place Friday, March 4, at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa. And it brings together several influential and high-profile participants. The opening address will be made by H H Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Imran Khan, former cricketer and international humanitarian, will also speak about his personal relief efforts, the acute need for funding and his own account of the tragedy on the ground.

In an interview with Masala!, Imran Khan revealed, “As I travelled through the villages washed away by the floods, I saw displaced families scattered in the makeshift shelters without food, adequate clothing and health services. I saw distressed families squatting together in the most unhygienic conditions. I could see the unfolding tragedy and knew that in order to cope with devastation of such a high magnitude and severity, we all needed to lend a helping hand.”

At the ‘Pakistan Appeal’ event, H E Engin Soysal, UN Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan will also explain the scale of the tragedy and the UN response as a whole. H E Shaukat Aziz will highlight the importance of continued efforts towards the recovery of flood affected areas in Pakistan.

There will also be a presentation by UNICEF on the disaster and relief efforts. The evening will end with a live concert by the famed Mekaal Hasan Band.

You can show your charitable side for the flood victims by being a part of ‘Pakistan Appeal’. Premium Seat Invitations (limited availability) – Dhs2000; and General Seat Invitations (Dhs1000) are available, and at the event you can participate in a signature raffle draw featuring over $150,000 worth of prizes, a live auction for priceless items, and individual and corporate monetary/in-kind pledges throughout the evening. Go on, make a difference in the lives of people who really need it.

Click here for messages from Special Envoy Rauf Engin Soysal and Pascal Villeneuve, Representative UNICEF Pakistan.

INFO
Date: March 4, 2011
Venue: Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
Time: 7:30pm
For seat and table reservations, contact 04 437 6820 or email eventsdubai@quintessentially.com.
For more details, visit www.pakistanappeal.com

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