Alliance for Disaster Relief Raises $1 Million for Pakistan Flood Victims

HOUSTON: Resource generation efforts spearheaded by the Alliance for Disaster Relief, a collaboration of more than 35 plus community organizations in Houston, Texas, USA; to help flood -battered Pakistan; has raised more than $1million in just three hours during a fundraising event. 

 ‏Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; Congresspersons Sheila Jackson Lee & AL Green; Consul General of Pakistan in Houston Abrar Hashmi; Chief Patron AFDR Syed Javaid Anwar; along with senior elected officials from Fort Bend & Harris County, and several community leaders were in attendance & all donated generously.  

 ‏Addressing the fundraising event, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson said that after a visit to the flood-affected areas of Pakistan, the Biden administration was briefed about the ground situation in Pakistan, as a result of which the Biden administration is expected to authorize an additional 20 million dollars on top of the earlier $30 million for the flood victims in Pakistan. 

 ‏On this occasion, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Congressman AL Green said that we are standing with the Pakistanis in this difficult time, which demand the international community to come forward to help Pakistan in this disaster. 

During their address to a generous community of Houston at the fundraising dinner, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, senior government officials, and other community leaders also paid tribute to Syed Javaid Anwar, Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, and other leaders for their efforts and all organizing Committee of Alliance for Disaster Relief collaborative with its motto of Blessings in Unity. 

 Prominent Oil Businessman Syed Javaid Anwar, who is recipient of Hilal-e- Imtiaz Pakistan, donated $200,000 and also addressed the event and appealed to the prosperous Pakistani Americans to help the needy fellow citizens in mother land. 

 On this occasion Alliance coordinator Muhammad Saeed Sheikh welcomed the guests and paid tribute to alliance members for their efforts to help in organizing a fund-raising event successfully. 

iLyas Choudry, one of the Directors of the ‏well-known charity organization Helping Hand for Relief and Development gave presentation on the Alliance Relief operations managed by HHRD in Pakistan. 

 Fund raising activity was managed by prominent community leaders Sajjad Burki, Dr Yaqoob Sheikh, Former International Test Cricketer Jalal Uddin, Atif Khan, and others.

Bina Sheikh, Mahmood & Naheed Ahmed, Dr. Hina, Faraz Hamza, and many Volunteers of PSA-UH & Community were very instrumental in organizing the event.