| Updated at: 0916 PST, Saturday, October 29, 2011|
Raja Zahid A Khanzada
DALLAS/TEXAS: Twenty-Four community organizations in Houston came together to form the ‘Alliance of Pakistan Floods Relief Efforts’ in order to collect funds for the flood victims of Sindh.
Saeed Sheikh, coordinator of the alliance, welcomed all the guests at the fundraising dinner held at the picturesque Turkish Center in Houston .
“We want to thank Syed Javaid Anwar of Midland Energy Inc. for his cooperation along with our donors who organized, donated and collected funds”, Sheikh said.
Consul General of Pakistan and the Vice Consul of Turkey Sonia Azad also addressed the event.
The Consul General of Pakistan also thanked the Turkish community.
Cristal Montanez of Hashoo Foundation gave a heart wrenching presentation on the situation in Sindh. Vice Counsel General of Turkey Salim Tapchko informed that Pakistan is like the second home for many Turkish people including Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan; and that Turkey will always assist Pakistan.
Others who spoke included Mehmet Okumus of Turkish Center, PJ Swati of PCC-USA. Representatives of all the four 501 (c) (3) Alliance member organizations namely Helping Hand (USA) For Relief & Development, HOPE USA, Raindrops Helping Hands and Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) made presentations of their work in Sindh
Matloob Khan (ISGH Bear Creek) and others did an effective fundraising and auctioning of traditional Sindhi garments and accessories, raising more than $71,000.
“Our efforts will continue as we will strive to send the in-kind donation container in the month of November 2011; and continue to raise monetary funds for our member organizations, so that they can continue their humanitarian services in the months and years,” added Saeed Sheikh.