Bokhari, Mrs. Pakistan World 2010 was invited to encourage people last Thursday in Toronto, Canada to donate to a natural disaster that got little attention from the world. In her opening speech, Bokhari stated that she is a very proud dual citizen of both Canada and Pakistan. She went on to say, "if you are sitting here in this room tonight you are one of the most privileged people in the world. With that comes tremendous responsibility. As a Canadian of Pakistani origin, I feel that many of us dual citizens have an opportunity to role model the spirit of multiculturalism to the world. It is our duty not only to donate generously but to raise awareness on the cause Pakistan as we enjoy the benefits of living in a place like Canada. Those of us who have multiple citizenships, we have the greatest potential to show leadeship in the current transnational and global era. I urge you to not lose this opportunity.
As she went around the room to personally greet each and every guest, Bokhari collected another $1000 on the spot. She further indicated that "Having worked in earthquake relief in Pakistan, I can say that recovery from the floods will take decades. We must not only think of the 20 million primary victims, but the millions in the overwhelmed cities, where the displaced persons are now residing in shelters, and then further even, the entire country which could be facing a food shortage. Please remember them this Thanksgiving weekend and donate generously."
This special event was organized by the Radisson Hotel in partnership with the Consulate General of Pakistan in Toronto. Along with Tahmena Bokhari, special guests included Sahebzada Khan (Consul General of Pakistan), Salma Ataullahjan (new member of the Canadian Senate), and Susan Fennell (Mayor of Brampton).
Pakistan has suffered a loss of about $9.5 billion in the floods that ravaged the country. The floods in Pakistan killed 1,700 people and affected more than 20 million. Sindh suffered the maximum damage amounting to around Rs.350 billion, followed by Punjab Rs.253 billion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rs.103 billion, Balochistan Rs.55 billion and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Rs.5 billion.
Photo Credits: Mohammaed Moinuddin of Snaps India.