A fundraising appeal for the flood-stricken victims of Pakistan, has topped the £40,000 (forty thousand pounds) mark within five weeks of being launched by Pakistan-born businessman, Nas Khan.
Thanks to a number of fundraising events combined with the generosity of people in the North East, Nas Khan, managing director of Jennings Motor Group has successfully achieved his first goal – to provide lifesaving water purifiers to the people of Pakistan.
The go ahead has been given to purchase a batch of water purifying Family LifeStraw units, which will provide clean drinking water to thousands of people who have been affected by the disaster in Pakistan.
The LifeStraws will be dispatched direct to the people most in need, by the respected aid organisation Human Appeal International.
Nas said; “The £40,000, which has been raised to date, is increasing on a daily basis as a result of a variety of fundraising activity and continuous pledges.
“The support we have received from local businesses, customers, the general public, members of staff, family and friends, has been absolutely incredible.
“On behalf of the Emaan Foundation, I would sincerely like to thank everyone who has made a donation and contributed towards us reaching our first goal – it’s absolutely fantastic.“
The Family LifeStraw, which is a water purification tool that cleanses surface water and turns it into safe drinking water, is used as a static unit and is hung from above or attached to a wall. The life saving product filters a minimum of 18,000 litres of water or lasts 3 years based on 15 litres of water per day.
Fundraising events to date have included a charity auction dinner, a sponsored bike ride and a challenge which involved Nas washing hundreds of cars across his five Ford, two Mazda and SEAT dealerships.
The next focus and overall aim of the appeal is to achieve the £120,000 target, which will contribute towards building a village for the people of Rahim Yar Khan, south of Punjab. The village will consist of 60 homes, livestock and a deep tube well for clean drinking water, so enabling the village to become self sufficient.
Nas added; “I am absolutely determined to reach the £120,000 target and fully focused on raising funds for these people of Pakistan who have been left devastated as a result of this terrible humanitarian disaster.”
Mr Khan is raising money for the appeal through the Emaan Foundation, a registered charity he set up in 2006.