Casa Grande, AZ (PRWEB) March 10, 2006
A catastrophic earthquake struck the northern areas of Pakistan and the State of Kashmir on October 8, 2005, killing over 87,000 people, many of them children. About 450,000 homes were destroyed rendering 3,000,000 survivors are homeless, jobless, disabled, widowed or orphaned. This human tragedy has taken on a new dimension with the arrival of snow, rain, and freezing winter temperatures. Many of the victims are living in canvas tents without basic infrastructure and in very primitive and helpless conditions without healthcare or education. The United Nations Secretary General has declared this as the worst human disaster, even worse than the Tsunami of December 2004. On behalf of the Association of Pakistani-Descent Physicians of North America (APPNA), we are asking for your support.
APPNA was established in 1978 as a non-profit organization and represents 10,000 physicians of Pakistani descent in North America. APPNA has participated in medical relief and other charitable activities throughout the world in Bosnia, Indonesia and South America as well as here at home for September 11th aftermath, Hurricane Katrina and Rita. After the earthquake, APPNA volunteer physicians have been at the forefront of helping the victims of this tragic catastrophe, spending weeks in the affected areas providing medical relief. We have adopted 9 villages in the Northern Kashmir area of Khatai (presented on PBS and 60 Minutes). We have also started 2 Rehabilitation Centers for amputees and paraplegics in Mansehra and Rawalpindi. These endeavors require finances and so far the members of APPNA have donated $1.7 million and have sent $10 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to the affected areas. APPNA is committed to continue its relief efforts for the next 3-5 years.
In this regard, we would like to extend an invitation to you and your spouse for a fundraising dinner and cultural show on Saturday, April 15th, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona. This show is being arranged by Dunn’s entertainment which will highlight the history, culture, and ethnic costumes of Pakistan in a story format. This event is expected to host 600 guests and your presence would be greatly appreciated. Tickets can be purchased by calling 520-426-1928. If you are unable to attend you may make a tax-exempt contribution towards this cause. This donation will go a long way towards our aim to raise enough funds to honor our commitments and to continue the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in many remote villages where help and support from elsewhere has been minimal. Please help by offering hope to those who have lost everything.