P@SHA flagship event to add on an earthquake relief drive dimension

October 30, 2008 at 7:10 am 4 comments

I have been in a personal quandary since yesterday when news of the earthquake in Balochistan first started filtering in. As most of you know we have the P@SHA ICT Awards 2008 – our flagship event – scheduled for tomorrow at the Karachi Marriott Hotel. This event celebrates the industry, recognizes innovation and is our major networking initiative, with the IT & ITES sector coming together with the corporate, government and academic sector. Arrangements are at a stage where commitments, expectations and activities cannot be put to a halt or reversed.

It didn’t seem right however to proceed as if nothing had happened and to do nothing to assist those who are affected by the earthquake. I therefore had quick consultations with the Office bearers of P@SHA – Imran Zia, the Chairman and Sultan Hamdani, the Treasurer – and there was a consensus that we should go ahead and add an Earthquake Relief Drive to the event. Cheques and cash will be collected from companies and individuals at the event and the money will be used to purchase blankets, medicines and essential food items required by the victims.

The Relief process will be spearheaded by the P@SHA Secretariat who will form a committee of volunteers from the industry to assist us in ensuring that the IT & ITES industry provides whatever assistance is required. Please contact me at president@pasha.org.pk if you wish to be part of this effort. We need to link up with other efforts that are taking place so that the maximum benefit can be derived by those affected.

Experience from the last earthquake teaches us that as IT practitioners we should help by using technology to ensure that the right material gets to the right people at the right time.

FAST NUCES has also started a drive to collect medicines and food as has IDSP Pakistan.

Rabia Garib has pointed to a collaborative effort by Pakistani diaspora. Thanks Rabia.

Sarang Abbasi, a young man from Alchemy Technologies, has volunteered to lead the drive on behalf of P@SHA. Way to go Sarang!

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