Islamabad: John O’Brien, Prince of Wales’s Senior Representative called on Pakistan High Commissioner for UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan to brief him on Prince Charles’s initiative “The Pakistan Recovery Fund” which aims to raise significant investment in funding and support in-kind and goods in the aftermath of devastating floods in Pakistan. The initiative aims at raising between 2 to 5 million pounds over two years, says a press release received from London here today.
In order to achieve this target, a whole set of fundraising activities has been planned by the organisers. In this connection, the Prince would attend a major gala fundraising event in December this year in the UK.
The event would be a major showcase, attracting significant individuals from all walks of life who are concerned about the humanitarian plight of the people affected. Similar linked events overseas would also be arranged.
It was informed that the Fund was convened because the Prince wished to personally respond to an unprecedented humanitarian disaster. The Fund also demonstrates His Royal Highness’s wish to help mobilise those around the world to support this vital cause.
Brien, who had visited the flood affected areas recently said that he had never seen such an enormous calamity anywhere else in the world.
He agreed to establish linkages with National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan for coordinated efforts. He also sought Pakistan High Commission’s support in disseminating the information about the Fund’s activities.
The High Commissioner expressed his deep gratitude for this benign and humanitarian gesture of the Prince and assured his full support to make the initiative a success so that the sufferings of the affected people could be mitigated.
Although Pakistan was doing its best to cope with the situation, yet it needed assistance from the international community, said the High Commissioner. He expressed confidence the Fund would go a long way in rehabilitation of the flood affectees.
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