The Friends of Karachi Relief Trust (United Kingdom Chapter) (FKRT-UK), a voluntary organisation comprising young UK-based Pakistani professionals and students, is organising a social networking fundraiser, featuring live music, an auction and dinner at the Pakistani High Commission on Saturday, October 9, 2010, in aid of flood victims in Pakistan.
Members of Friends of KRT have been individually and collectively involved in relief and rehabilitation efforts since the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. This fundraiser will be the first of FKRT-UK’s events in support of the Karachi Relief Trust’s efforts to help flood victims across Pakistan. KRT is a disaster management voluntary organisation, and was founded in 2007, primarily operating in Sindh & Balochistan provinces. Today, it consistently delivers sustainable aid solutions to victims of natural disasters across Pakistan.
In response to the 2010 floods, KRT has adopted 27 relief camps in Sindh, providing freshly cooked food, shelter, clothing and medical supplies to displaced families. It has also started the Pak Pani initiative, aimed at providing clean water through the distribution of EPA-certified LifeStraw family Instant Microbial Purifiers. KRT will deploy 50,000 purifiers to provide 10 million litres of purified drinking water a day.
In addition, KRT is also running projects aimed at setting up prefabricated housing for displaced families, and providing them with rations and household packages to help them survive through this difficult time.
FKRT-UK has adopted the Pak Pani project, and through the October 9 fundraiser we will provide funds to purchase 300 filters, to address one of the major issues in the post-flood scenario: contaminated drinking water leading to the spread of diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea. Your £50 donation (the price of invites) will go directly towards ensuring that the post-flood threat of disease is contained.
Through the kind cooperation of the Pakistani High Commission to the United Kingdom, we will be hosting the event on their premises (34-36 Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9JN). The event will feature dinner, short speeches on behalf of Friends of KRT and KRT itself, and a presentation/short film on the damage the floods have done so far. This will be followed by live music (Jugalbandi, a fusion band melding Eastern classical and Western rock music, will perform), an auction and the buffet dinner. Our Master of Ceremonies will be Rashad Yaqoob, co-founder of the City Circle and the Human Rights Legal Aid Fund (in addition to being the head of the Middle East department of Savills Capital Advisors). Friends of KRT will also be accepting donation pledges at the event.
Date: Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Venue: Pakistani High Commission to the United Kingdom,
34-36 Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9JN
Time: 7.30pm (sharp)-11pm.
Invites: £50 (Single), £80 (Couples), £35 (Students – must bring ID)
Tickets available online at http://friendsofkrt.eventbrite.com/
For more information on KRT, visit http://www.karachirelief.org/.
To contact FKRT-UK: firstname.lastname@example.org