ISLAMABAD: An amount of Rs 1.7 million were raised and handed over to a school of special children beside 15 sets of solar system to SOS children’s village for electricity at a charity auction held at the Chinese Embassy here on Saturday.
Mrs Bao Jiqing, the wife of Ambassador of China in Pakistan, organised the event held in connection with the International Women’s Day.
Paintings, sculptures, jewellery, air ticket and a cricket bat having signatures of Pakistan national team cricketers and donated by various organisations and children of Chinese diplomats were displayed for auction.
A large number of participants including Chinese diplomats, representatives of Chinese companies working in Pakistan and members of Pakistani women organizations attended the charity auction and many of them warmly took part in the auctioneering and purchased all the lots displayed for the auction.
The first-ever charity event was arranged at the Embassy by Mrs Bao Jiqing for raising money to help the disabled children was also the part of continuous efforts by the Chinese government to further promote people-to-people contacts between the two brotherly countries.
Zahra Wadood Fatemi, wife of Syed Tariq Fatemi, special assistant to Prime Minister on foreign affairs was the chief guest.
Dushka Saiyid, wife of Mushahid Hussain, Secretary General of PML-Q and Naja Aizaz Ahmad, wife of Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Foreign Secretary besides wives of senior officials were also present on the occasion.
More than Rs1.7 million in cash was raised during the auction which was later handed over to children from Umeed-e-Noor school and SOS children’s village who needed help. The cash donation was received by Begum Shaheen Saifullah Toru, Executive Director of the Special school, Umeed-e-Noor.
In her keynote address, Madam Bao observed, “When our own children are growing up happily and healthily, some children in Islamabad, in the same city, who either lost their parents in earthquake or other natural disasters or suffer from disability, such as children from Umeed-e-Noor and SOS children’s village, need help.”
“If each one of us present here today can give a hand to them, their lives can be improved and they will be closer to their dreams,” she added.
She pointed out that when she initiated the charity auction, madams from the Foreign Service, PFWA and IFWA, her friends, Chinese companies and citizens in Islamabad have responded positively.
Madam Bao informed that some of the donors donated the auction lots immediately while some have auction lots framed for the auction voluntarily, adding, even the children of the Chinese diplomats donated their painting works.
“Although the price of each lot is different, either low or high, the loving hearts are the same. Although the form of donation is different, the charitable spirit is the same,” she added.
While commenting on three videos on Chinese women depicting status changes of women in China and two examples of individual lives also showed on the occasion, she said that women in China today enjoy more resource than ever before in the history of China.
Many of them are the champions of success and many of them are the pride of millions. They lift the dreams of women to new heights.
Madam Bao said that China has a large population of more than 1.35 billion, of which women account for nearly the half.
As for the employed population, women are also a crucial force. They account for 46% of the total employed population.
More and more women enter the high tech and knowledge intensive industries, reaching at management level and become an essential force in those sectors, she added.
Later, Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan, Sun Weidong distributed certificates among those who donated their belongings for auction, showing magnanimity and generosity towards the special children.
The donated-articles were mostly bought by the Chinese companies-based in Pakistan including China Gezhouba Group Corporation, HUAWEI , China Road and Bridge company, Norinco, ZTE company, Zhejiang Licheng which demonstrated that Chinese companies pay high attention to the social development such as special education in Pakistan.
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