‘Help Us Lend a Healing Hand’
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology,(SZABIST), took an initiative for a cause, with ‘Help Us Lend a Healing Hand’, a fundraising event with Todd Shea for the flood affected areas of Baluchistan. As Todd Shea had experience as an aid worker for Manhattan after 9/11, also in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Therefore, he was also actively working for the Pakistani earthquake victims in 2005, and stayed here founding CDRS Pakistan. CDRS Pakistan works to address the sustainable long-term needs of natural disaster affected individuals. he also took initiative to help the families of Swat who were relocated after critical fight in 2009.
Todd Spoke on the calamity and also emphasized over the perception of his American fellows about Pakistan. Saying ‘its more dangerous being in NewYork than in Pakistan’, he was of the view, it is high-time media stopped playing with the minds of innocent citizens of the world. On this occasion, he also sang few Urdu songs in his American accent, and ended his note with a ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ out loud.
SZABIST’s faculty, staff and students participated well, where staff members donated their one day salary, and students were seen donating in all amounts for this noble cause. SZABIST therefore maintained its tradition of generosity and care for Pakistan’s help in the time of need; being a socially responsible academia.