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Pakistan Association Dubai marks early Eid with deserving families

DUBAI: Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) organised an Eid Gift Distribution event to hand out presents to deserving families ahead of Eid Al Fitr.

Following the success of last year’s activity, little dreams and wishes were fulfilled this weekend at the Pakistan Auditorium as hundreds of children were offered clothes, toys, shoes and educational materials to take home as early Eid gifts.

Faisal Sunka, Head of Welfare, said: “Last year, we had an incredible response at the very first Eid Gift Distribution organised by PAD, so we decided to spread the festive joy once again this year.”

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Special gift bags filled with items donated by generous community members were packed according to family requirements. The event was also 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 as the presents were carefully picked for children of all age groups. Traditional Pakistani wear for women and girls were also among the variety of gifts.

“We are grateful to the authorities and our community for supporting this initiative. Our goal remains to ensure that deserving families are also a part of our joy and celebrations — the essence of PAD truly lies in inclusivity and compassion,” said Faisal Sunka.

Marking true community spirit, PAD’s kind volunteers dedicated their time to sort and pack the gift bags while also decorating the auditorium to welcome the families. The activity was also supported by the PAD Ladies Forum who joined in to provide gifts and spread the essence of giving and togetherness this Ramadan.

The PAD Welfare team selects deserving cases through a robust screening process to ensure it is able to cater to as many individuals as possible.

As part of PAD’s annual Ramadan Welfare Campaign, the association has so far distributed food packages to 1,100+ deserving families and aim to achieve its target of serving 2,000 families.

“We have also been providing Iftar meals at the local Pakistani mosque in Oud Metha. With the support of Dubai Police and Pakistan Consulate, we have repatriated 140 prisoners,” the PAD official said.

“Our campaign began earlier this Ramadan with the phenomenal success of our Online Art Auction 2023 — organised each year in collaboration with Poetic Strokes — which saw over 45 artworks sold to raise donations for the free healthcare of patients in need at Pakistan Medical Centre (PMC). In 2022, approximately 50 percent of patients at PMC were offered free treatment as part of our medical welfare services.

“We remain thankful to Dar Al Ber Society, Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities and the Community Development Authority (CDA) for constantly facilitating our activities and initiatives.”

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