DUBAI: In association with the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (IACAD), Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) held an impressive fundraiser dinner in UAE on Monday. About 200 people attended the beautiful event organized at a beautifully decorated private residence, in Dubai.
This was the first fundraiser of SAF – a charity and welfare organization founded by Pakistan’s former cricket captain Shahid Afridi.
He was present there himself at the star-studded evening and spoke about the initiatives that his charity foundation has taken up in the rural areas of Pakistan.
Mustafa Chaudhry and Murtaza Chaudhry (AKA Khalid Butt), well-known television personalities of Banana News Network in Pakistan were also present and amused the crowd with their witty humor and intriguing sarcasm. Actors Wiqar Ali Khan and Ali Safina hosted the evening.
“It’s heartbreaking to see my countrymen suffer due to a negligence of the authorities so I decided to set up my own foundation that would help in facilitating the underprivileged and the less fortunate” said Afridi. “Quality education is vital for every child in Pakistan, and through my foundation children from the deprived class will be facilitated free of cost”.
He further added that under the umbrella of SAF a number of projects, educational and of human development have been accomplished and much more are underway which requires constant funding.
The non-profit organization that focuses on health projects in remote areas of Kohat in Peshawar, education opportunities, sports facilities, and supplying clean water facilities in the far flung areas of Thar in Sindh, as well as all over Pakistan.
The first project of the Shahid Afridi Foundation was a 16-bed hospital in his ancestral hometown of Tangi Banda in Kohat named after his late father Sahibzada Fazal Rehman. The foremost priority of this hospital is to cater to would-be mothers who face grave problems when going through maternity cases.
In 2015 Afridi was among the top 20 charitable athletes in the world by Do Something while his foundation was set up in March 2014.
A number of cricketing items of the legendary all-rounder were put up on auction with the highest bidder walking away with it and getting it autographed by the legend at the spot. The list included his bat, two balls, a cap, helmet, shirt and a distinctive one was a dinner for two with the star which got fetched at Dhs60,000 whereas his bat picked up Dhs70,000; the highest of the night.