A successful, local businessman, who is devoting his spare time to raising funds for a worthy charity, has beaten international competition after being short-listed for a global award from Ford Motor Company.
Nas Khan, managing director of Jennings Motor Group, which operates Ford, Mazda and SEAT dealerships across the region, was initially nominated for the ‘Salute to Dealers’ annual award, by Ford Motor Company UK.
The nomination, which came as a result of Nas’s drive and determination to raise funds through the Emaan Foundation to help save and rebuild lives in Pakistan, was then submitted to a team of judges representing Ford worldwide. A total of two finalists were then selected for the award.
Nas has been cordially invited to attend the award ceremony, which will be taking place in February at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, California.
Nas said; “I am absolutely honoured and delighted to have been short-listed and through to the final of such a prestigious award as this.
“I am also extremely grateful for all of the support and donations which we have received since the charity embarked on this fundraising initiative last September.”
Nas launched the Emaan Foundation, registered charity number 1114984, following the devastating humanitarian disaster in Pakistan in 2006.
The latest disaster, which claimed thousands of lives and left millions of people injured and homeless, resulted in one-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area being underwater.
Nas added; “My initial goal, was to raise enough funds to provide vital emergency aid in the form of LifeStraws, which is a water purification tool that cleanses surface water and turns it into safe drinking water. We successfully achieved this goal in December and the first batch of aid was purchased and distributed to the people of Pakistan via the respected aid organisation, Human Appeal International.
“The overall aim, however, is to raise £120,000 which will build a whole new village consisting of 60 homes, livestock and a deep tube well for clean drinking water for the people of Rahim Yar Khan, south of Punjab in Pakistan.
“We are now at the half-way mark to achieving our overall fundraising goal, which couldn’t have been possible without the kind and extremely generous support from the people of the North East.”
The latest fundraising drive to further boost funds includes a raffle to win a brand new Ford Ka worth more than £9000. Tickets cost £50 and only 300 have been printed.