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Qurbani appeal by Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Foundation

On Sunday 12th June 2022, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Foundation Australia hosted a Qurbani campaign lunch at Altitude 1148 Restaurant Bulli Tops coordinated by Dr Asrar Khan and Dr Saima Asrar. Around 150 people from Wollongong and Sydney attended the event. Other organisers of the Shaukat Khanum team included Dr Aila Khan, Dr Yasmeen Khan, Noor Saab and Amina.

The program began with melodious recitation of theHoly Quran by young Mustafa Shahid, followed by video presentation of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. Dr. Aila Khan welcomed the guests and introduced the purpose of the event. Mr Tariq Azam, the Marketing Director of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centres (SKMCH&RC) joined from Lahore via zoom.

SKMCH&RC are state-of-the-art cancer centres located in Lahore and Peshawar, Pakistan. The inspiration for making the hospital came from the personal experience of Imran Khan, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup winning captain, after his mother, Mrs Shaukat Khanum passed away due to cancer in 1985. During his mother’s illness, he witnessed the plight of poor cancer patients in the hospitals of Pakistan and realised the need for a specialized cancer centre in his country.

In his video message played at the event, Imran Khan, Chairman of the Chairman Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust urged attendees to donate to the good cause: “In 2022 we have a budget of Rs.28 billion. In Karachi, we continue to provide cancer treatment with chemotherapy at our Diagnostic Centre and Clinic, but the city lacks a tertiary care cancer centre. This is why we are building our third, and Pakistan’s largest, cancer hospital in Karachi, where comprehensive cancer care will be available for all, under one roof. We hope to collect a major portion of this through your generous Zakat and donations”

Uzma Gillani and Waqar Younis were chief guests and each holds records unsurpassed to date in their own fields.  Uzma Gillani was known for her tough nature and autocratic choice of roles and is considered to be one of the greatest television actors of all time in Pakistan dominating TV roles in 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The Government of Pakistannamed a street and intersection after her in Lahore in2021. She spoke of her love for cricket and her work for charity and urged people to donate towards thisQurbani and hospital campaign.  Uzma Gillani, spoke her experience and treatment received from SKMCH and requested to the guest to positively contribute the cause.

Former Pakistani cricket legend Waqar Younis is a cricket coach, commentator and former captain ofPakistan national cricket team. A right-arm fast bowler, Waqar Younis is regarded as one of the greatest bowlers to have played the game, specialised in reverse spin for the first time. He has been active in raising money for Shaukat Khanum hospital right from the beginning and now resides in Sydney. He spoke about how the first Shaukat Khanum Memorialcancer hospital opened in 1994 and how Imran Khan and his cricket team successfully campaigned by touring twenty-nine cities across Pakistan, collecting US$ 5 million from the ordinary people of Pakistan. Waqar Younis participated in an interactive session with the guests on questions including those related to cricket.

The Qurbani program organized by Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in Pakistan serves poor families and cancer patients. The campaign distributes the meat and proceeds from the animal hides go towardsfinancing treatment for cancer patients.

A delicious lunch was provided by Altitude 1148 restaurant and the invitees showed their support for the cause by donating to the hospital and Qurbani campaign. Donations are tax-deductible as the charity is recognised by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

The owner of the restaurant Mr Rashid Khan personally attended the guests. Dr Saima Asrar was the MC for the event.

Please use this link to book your Shaukat Khanum Qurbani order
 https://www.shaukatkhanum.org.au/qurbanis/place_order/

For booking through cash or cheque, Please Contact us at:

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Foundation
Suite 12, Level 1
89 Jones Street, ULTIMO, Sydney
Tel: + 61 2 9211 8465
Email: info@skmcf.org.au

 

Written by Fousiya Bismi

Fousiya Bismi, based in Sydney is a family law advisor , student of comparative religions and a community activist. She recently Joined 5 News Australia as Co-Executive Producer.

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