PAD Celebrates Ramadan with the Community
The Gift of Giving: PAD Distributes Eid Gifts to 600 Deserving Children
On Saturday, April 23rd, Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) organized an Eid Gift Distribution event to hand out presents to 600 deserving children ahead of Eid-Al-Fitr this year. In one of our first-of-its-kind initiatives, little dreams and wishes were fulfilled this weekend at the Pakistan Auditorium as hundreds of children handpicked their favorite clothes, toys, shoes and educational materials to take home as early Eid gifts.
The event was designed in a way to provide children with a wholesome Eid shopping experience as different kinds of items were placed at the many stalls in the auditorium. Families from across the Emirates gathered at PAD to spread the joy of an early Eid for their kids, aged 3-18 years, who relished as the presents were carefully picked for children of all age groups. Traditional Pakistani wear were also among the variety of gifts as little girls were delighted to choose their ghagras while the boys chose smart pairs of shalwar kameez to mark the festive occasion next week.
PAD Welfare Director, Mr Rizwan Fancy, who was present at the event, said, “This is a new activity that we have organized this year as another addition to our Ramadan Welfare Campaign. We targeted deserving families of our community to ensure that all children had a chance to celebrate Eid. Many people sent in their requests via email, and we registered 600 kids. It was an incredibly heartwarming feeling to see the smile on these little faces – initiatives like these are truly the essence of PAD.”
The event was supported by PAD volunteers who are the backbone of our institution and are at the forefront of all community initiatives. “It was really great to see a smile on every child’s face as we made them happy for Eid,” said Rukhsar Kareem, a volunteer.
Marking true community spirit, the activity was also supported by the PAD Ladies Forum who joined in to provide the gifts and spread the essence of giving and togetherness this Ramadan. PAD General Secretary, Mr Muhsin Al Banna thanked the community and the authorities for enabling our new initiative. “We are overjoyed to have introduced this novel event where our goal remained to bring our community together and make sure that all children had an equal opportunity to experience the joy of Eid with their families,” Mr Muhsin said.
In addition to the new activity, the PAD Ramadan Welfare Campaign has been in full swing this Ramadan with 800 ration cards being provided to families in need and 200 iftar meals distributed to laborers. Our goal is to distribute a total of 6000 iftar meals at labor camps by the end of the Holy Month. At the same time, we are closely working with Dubai prisons for the repatriation of prisoners. Our campaign began earlier this month with the phenomenal success of our Online Art Auction 2022 which saw over 50 artworks sold to raise donations for the free healthcare of patients in need at Pakistan Medical Centre.