On Saturday 11th April, at the Karachi Sports Forum (KSF) welfare drive, Chairman Asif Azeem revealed that JS Bank has approached the forum to auction the historic memorabilia of Pakistan’s sports legends to raise funds for the deserving people. If taken, this is a great initiative to help sponsor the unemployed families during the current coronavirus crisis.
KSF welfare drive
Pakistan is struggling to cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its consequent economic instability. During this time, several organizations are coming forward to help their countrymen in these hard times.
One of these is the Karachi Sports Forum (KSF). KSF has taken the initiative to reach out to needy players, coaches, umpires and ground staff in the city. On the occasion, former hockey captain and Olympian Islahuddin, Olympian Ayaz Mehmood, Olympian Sameer Hussain, Olympian Kashif Jawwad, international hockey player Mohammad Asif, KSF Chairman Asif Azeem, KSF Chief Organizer Syed Waseem Hashmi, Sindh Olympic Association Vice President Tehmina Asif, SOA Media Coordinator Mohammad Nasir and others were present.
Olympian Islahuddin also donated Rs 230,000 to the KSF kitty with the intent of helping the employees and staff. The donation is reserved for people who earn their bread and butter through sports, now that all the sports activities have come to a halt due to the pandemic.
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— JS Bank (@jsblpak) April 10, 2020
Islahuddin praised how KSF contacted the sports-persons at their houses in a respectful manner. He mentioned that KSF will keep the identities of the beneficiaries private. This will allow them to continue with their routines without unnecessary gossip.
Olympians Ayaz Mehmood and Sameer Hussain also praised KSF for being the first to approach sports personnel in need. According to Asif, KSF looks to extend its operations to Ramazan with the help of affluent people. They aim to distribute ration bags and Eid gifts among the deserving sports-persons; who are struggling to survive through the coronavirus crisis.