In the driving seat to reach fundraising target

A North-East businessman is near to achieving his fundraising goal after topping the £110,000 mark for his charity, The Emaan Foundation.

Nas Khan, managing director of Jennings Motor Group, which operates Ford, Kia, SEAT and Mazda dealerships across the North East, kick-started his fundraising appeal in 2010, following the devastating floods in Pakistan.

He’s embarked on the final phase of fundraising after recently presenting a cheque for the sum of £50,000 to Othman Moqbel, chief executive officer of the Human Appeal charity

Nas teamed up with Human Appeal and set himself a target of £120,000, which has not only contributed towards providing life-saving aid, but it has also helped towards building an entire new village, which has been named The Emaan Village after the charity, for the people of Rahim Yar Khan, south of Punjab in Pakistan.

Nas said; “The generosity from family, friends, colleagues, local businesses, schools, colleges and the general public has been absolutely incredible and I would like to thank everyone for their very kind, generous and continued support since we launched the appeal four years ago.”

Othman Moqbel said: “We are so grateful to Nas and all those generous people who contributed to his appeal.  There is so much hard work to be done in places all over the globe where thousands of people are suffering hardship through natural disaster or conflict.  Shelter is such a vital part of the aid we provide, giving people a place to begin to rebuild their lives.”

Money raised to date has not only contributed towards providing essential life-saving aid in the form of water purifying LifeStraw units which were despatched when the disaster initially struck, but it has also contributed towards building The Emaan Village, consisting of 60 homes, in addition to a deep tube well being installed which is providing clean water and livestock making the village self sufficient.  Bio gas plants have resolved the problem of energy shortages in the area providing electricity to various households.

Nas added; “I am absolutely delighted to announce that we are now in the final phase of our fundraising activity with only £10,000 left to raise, which I’m extremely confident we will achieve over the coming months.”

Fundraising events in the past have consisted of dinners, auctions, raffles, golf events, in addition to a clothing re-cycling initiative.

If you would like to make a donation to the charity, click on ‘donate’ at the top of the page, or if you would be interested in organising a charity event, please contact Bev Stephenson on 01642 209113.