The Cure2children Foundation (C2C) Saturday organised an exhibition to raise funds for under-privileged children suffering from thalassemia, where dresses; shoes; purses; handicrafts; paintings and cosmetics are on sale.
The exhibition was inaugurated on Saturday afternoon by the ambassador of Italy and Mrs Vincenzo Prati and will continue on Sunday as well from 1200 — 2000 hrs at the Rohtas Hall, Sector F-7/2 Islamabad. Most of the stalls had been put up by female entrepreneurs, who are working from home — some new to the business and some established. ‘Needlepoint’ by Zari Saad has some beautifully decorated boxes that can be used to pack a gift; ‘Saddis Fashion’ has embroidered and woven fabrics; Anjum Javed uses the handloom to weave wall hangings and make material that is different; ‘Huma’s Collection’ and ‘Sairah’s’ from Karachi have hand and machine embroidered fabrics; ‘Home Accentura’ (Durdana Kazmi) has bed linen, but also makes bridal wear and linen to order; IftikharAhmed has paintings and will do portraits on order.
On the home front are stalls with crockery and items like rugs and decoration pieces. There are also fun activities for children like face painting; card making and ‘mehndi’ application while a food stall by ‘Sugar & Spice’ provides much needed refreshment, if you are hungry and thirsty! The exhibition is worth a visit because besides picking up something for yourself or your friends and family you will also be helping a very good cause.
The Cure2children Foundation (C2C) is an Italian NGO caring for children suffering from severe diseases in developing countries regardless of race; religion or geographical area. More than 50,000 children have thalassemia major in Pakistan and for many bone marrow transplantation offers the only chance of survival. Cure2Children has supported the cure of an initial group of children and with C2C’s full support and co-operation a two-bed bone marrow transplant unit has been established in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), which is functional since January 2009. So far transplants of thirty children whose parents could not afford the expenses have taken place in PIMS; Shifa International and National Institute of Blood diseases, Karachi. Of these seventeen have been fully funded by C2C while thirteen have been partially funded. The cost of one transplant in Pakistan is from Rs1.2 to Rs1.5 million. Because they feel they have to make some effort to become a little self reliant, the C2C has organised an exhibition to raise funds for under-privileged children suffering from thalassemia, where dresses; shoes; purses; handicrafts; paintings and cosmetics are on sale.