KARACHI, Oct 21, 2018: A number of acclaimed artists from South Asia, Middle East and Europe presented their artworks in Dubai, with more than 80 art pieces ranging from paintings to sculptures to a few exclusive collectors’ items offered at the auction.
Among the items was a bat that belonged to former Pakistan cricket team captain Younis Khan, who became the first Pakistani batsman to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
The event was organized by Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, in partnership with The Citizens Foundation (TCF), to raise funds for the construction of a new primary school unit in Larkana district of Sindh.
The money raised from the event will also cover the school’s operational cost for the first three years.
The charity auction, which took place at a local hotel, brought together over 400 influential businessmen and dignitaries from the UAE, including leading members of Pakistani diaspora in UAE, who bid generously to acquire the art pieces — the emirates has the second largest Pakistani community in the world.
The Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE, Moazzam Ahmad Khan, and the Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai, Syed Javed Hassan, were also present at the event.
The existing TCF School – Dubai Cares Campus in Larkana, which is located in a densely populated area surrounded by several villages, currently has six classrooms and 193 students enrolled at the campus. The existing classrooms have already reached maximum capacity, and the new school unit will be able to accommodate an additional 180 boys and girls.
Speaking about the success of the charity auction, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, said, “Dubai Cares hopes to help draw attention to the plight of disadvantaged children in Pakistan and around the world, who are denied access to education.”
“The extraordinary generosity of artists who have donated their artworks to this charity auction will guarantee that Dubai Cares and The Citizens Foundation continue to fulfill their mission of ensuring children and young people have access to quality education.”