The Shahid Afridi Foundation Australia hosted the visiting Pakistan Cricket team members on Friday 1 November at Lal Qila restaurant in Sydney at a fundraising dinner to help underprivileged people in Pakistan.
The Pakistan cricket team are currently touring Australia from October to December 2019 to play two Tests and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.
The Test series will form part of the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship. The second Test is scheduled to be a day/night match at the Adelaide Oval.
The dinner was attended by a number of players as well as community leaders and cricket fans representing Sydney’s diverse community.
The Pakistan Cricket Board supports the Shahid Afridi Foundation’s initiatives with the signing of a MoU between the two organizations in May 2019.
Shahid Afridi Foundation helps underprivileged people by providing them access to basic health, clean drinking water and education.
Besides other areas, organisation has strong focus on Girls Education and aiming to educate at least 5000 more student with 20 new schools in Pakistan by year 2020.
The dinner event included an informal QA session with players where the players were asked questions about their career and how do they feel about Shahid Afridi’s initiative.
Misbah ul Haq, Chief Selector and Head Coach expressed commended the Foundation saying, “We should all come forward and support the work that Shahid Afridi is doing in relation to Health and Education.”
Another player, Wahab Riaz said, “Shahid Afridi’s efforts are commendable, specially his mission to educate girls as these young girls will become pride of Pakistan in future.”
Star cricketer, Muhammad Amir added, “Shahid Afridi is playing biggest inning of his life and we wish that may Allah keep him ‘Not Out’ in this mission, this is a very big step and it’s our responsibility to support him.”
The sold out event included overwhelming participation from local business community, government officials, media representatives and the enthusiastic Pakistani community in order to meet the players face to face and help the cause of the Foundation.
Mr Osman Karolia from Unity Grammar helped with the auction where several cricket memorablia were snapped up including Shahid Afridi’s signed biography book, cricket ball, bat and t- shirt signed by Pakistan Cricket Team players.
A cricket bat signed by former captain and now prime minister Imran Khan was donated by Dr Khurram Kayani which was by Mr Faisal Shamsi in the highly contested auction.
SAF Australia appreciates and encourages community support for the cause of education of girls in Pakistan and seeks donation in educating children from poor families in Pakistan.
For further information and donation please find details given below:
Contact: Syed Faheem (0413 911 091)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SAFAustraliaChapter/
Australian Bank Account Details:
Name: Shahid Afridi Foundation