We live in a society which is crammed with so many problems that we can never imagine of, Pakistani society had always been the victim of social issues, religious issues, bad governance, poverty and lawlessness. Another important concern is the standard of living our people enjoy. Filthy streets to poor sewerage systems, most of the residence localities of Pakistan are in abstract conditions. These poor sanitary and sewerage conditions result in the birth of numerous diseases and infections. Hence, from infant children to aged people, every age group of our society is the victim of malaria, TB, AIDS, cancer and other malignant diseases. The sad thing is that a major part of our patients are children as well ranging from the ages of 2 years to 10 years.
Life is a gift and the importance of this gift was much more felt and realized when around 23 Rotaractors of Jinnah zone gathered at National Institute of Child Health Care (NICH), on the morning of 61st Independence Day of Pakistan, to distribute gifts to small children. A project which was planned and executed by Rotaract Club of Textile Institute of Pakistan (TIP), turned into a fruitful one when a bunch of SMILES were seen on the faces of sick children and their needy parents. The project SMILE was mostly designed and executed by Ahmad A Rehman (director club services) with a strong helping hand of Rahim Jindani (VP-RC TIP) and all the members of RC-TIP. The funds for the project were collected from almost all the major clubs of Jinnah zone including Metropolitan, Cosmopolitan, Karsaz, Karachi main and SZABIST. Moral support of Nida Yousuf (ZRR Jinnah zone) and Nayel Noorani was always with us throughout the project.
Event started with a gathering of around 15 Rotarctors at the house of Ahmed A Rehman at 8 am; on 14th of August. The true zeal and zest of all the participants were seen when they finished more than 400 packets within 2 hours. A delicious breakfast (halwa poori) was later served to all the Rotaractors to reimburse their energy for the final blast this breakfast turned into a wonderful opportunity for all of us to make new friends and acquaintances. Once again, the fellowship was on the urge after the all time successful Polio Plus Drive. The gift packets (specially made for small children) were composed of few candies, lollies, cakes and small toy cars. After the wrapping of around 6-7 cartons, the team departed for NICH at 11:15 am. All the Rotaractors were welcomed by some of the medical staff at NICH around 11:35 am. We remain outside the main building for around 45 minutes and in the mean time waited for few more participants who were to arrive directly at the spot. These 45 minutes of lingering around also encourage fellowship among the Rotaractors.
When every participant gathered then six teams, with each team escorted by a team leader, entered into separate wards of the hospital in order to equally distribute the gifts. We were almost made to cry when we reached the special ward of permanent cancer patients. The innocent faces of all those permanent cancer children patients who were unaware about their disease and life reminds us about the significance of health and the golden chance of life God has given us. It reminds us that how blessed we are that in this dynamic age of youth, we are healthy and free from every malady. We realized that the most critical part of any human life is initially the health. I was much more stunned when the mother of one small child kept asking me about the survival of his son who was the patient of blood cancer. I was left with no option but to keep encouraging and asking her to pray for his son and do not despair for â€œALLAH does what he pleaseâ€.
These SMILES of hope were finally dispersed by 6 energetic Rotaractors team within 45 minutes. In these 30-45 minutes, all the wards were successfully completed followed by the distribution of some remaining packets outside the main building. At around 1 PM, participants started leaving the place by appreciating and applauding the project. For me, this was the first 14th August which was celebrated in such a unique way. Really! It was a great way to celebrate our independence day with those who are in dire need of independence from these diseases and infections.
In the words of Ahmed (director club services); “I could not have done this project without the support of Rahim Jindani (VP), he has been the biggest support in the project from every area. Secondly, Rameez A Khan for writting the report and contributing his efforts and deligents to keep things moving and participation of all the girls also deserves an applause since coming from North Nazimabad was not an easy task. Maximum hours were only achieved in the project just because of the TIPians hard work. Special thanks to Ibad for showing up at the event since his mother was ill still he made it for the event”.
To conclude it, we would like to thank all the participants from every club who are responsible for the success of this community service project â€œsmileâ€ and hope to see the same zeal and passion in future for such projects that could bring smile on the faces of less fortunate and that could assist in lifting the Rotaract movement. May Allah keep giving us more and more courage to help mankind in the best possible method.
* All the TIPian Rotaractors will be glad to know that our project “SMILE” has gone up to Governor’s Monthly Letter (GML).