Islamabad: John O’Brien, Prince of Wales’s Senior Representative on “Pakistan Recovery Fund” conveyed Prince’s strong resolve to help rehabilitate the flood affected people of Pakistan and reconstruct the ruined schools, houses and hospitals in flood affected areas.
He was speaking at the reception hosted by the Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan yesterday to recognize the efforts made by the initiative. Mr. O’Brien highlighted the salient features of Prince Charles’s initiative “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 is attending a major gala fundraising dinner today in London. 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.
The Fund recognized the individuals and organizations that made financial contributions to the initiative with commemorative medals as a token of a public testament to their laudable contributions. Similar linked events would also be arranged overseas.
The audience were 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.
Mr. Brien, who had visited the flood affected areas, said that he had never seen such an enormous calamity anywhere else in the world.
In his welcome address, the High Commissioner said that Pakistan and its people were greatly thankful to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales for the initiative of the Pakistan Recovery Fund with the aim to raise investment for development and reconstruction in Pakistan’s worst flood struck areas.
He congratulated recipients of the commemorative medals in recognition of their support for the Fund. The High Commissioner gave a brief overview of the disastrous floods which struck Pakistan and the steps taken therein for reconstruction. He expressed hope that this benign and humanitarian gesture of the Prince would help mitigate the sufferings of the people of the flood hit areas.
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