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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The power of compassion: Make-A-Wish Foundation and PAF fulfil young boy’s dream

A young thalassemic boy's dream of becoming a fighter pilot was made true by PAF with the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is a source of pride for the Pakistani people. Its pilots are admired for their skill, courage, and dedication to serving their country. For many young people in Pakistan, becoming a PAF pilot is a dream come true. This dream recently became a reality for Master Abdullah Naveed, a bright child suffering from thalassemia, thanks to the compassion and generosity of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, and the Make a Wish Foundation, Pakistan.

Make a Wish Foundation

Abdullah Naveed is a young boy who dreams of flying high in the sky. His love for aeroplanes and the PAF is well-known among his family and friends. However, Abdullah is also a thalassemia patient, which means that his body does not produce enough red blood cells. This condition requires him to undergo regular blood transfusions, which can be painful and time-consuming. Despite this, Abdullah remains optimistic and determined to fulfil his dream of becoming a PAF pilot. The Make a Wish Foundation, Pakistan, is an organisation that helps fulfil the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. When they heard about Abdullah’s dream, they knew they had to do something to make it come true. With the support of the PAF and the Chief of the Air Staff, they arranged for Abdullah to become a PAF pilot for a day.

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A Day to Remember

On Friday, Abdullah’s dream became a reality. He visited an operational base of the PAF, where he was given an honorary rank by Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Khalid Mehmood, and Base Commander Air Commodore Asim Rana in a customary way used in PAF. Abdullah was also given a simulated experience of a fighter aircraft and visited various units and wings of the base. His parents and the founding President of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ishtiaq Baig, accompanied him. Abdullah was elated and jubilant upon undergoing this unique and unprecedented experience. For a brief moment, he was able to forget about his illness and enjoy the thrill of flying. The PAF pilots and personnel who participated in the event were equally thrilled to have Abdullah as their guest. They showed him the planes, the equipment, and the facilities, and answered all of his questions.

A Source of Inspiration

The story of Abdullah Naveed’s dream coming true is an inspiration to us all. It reminds us that no dream is too big or too small if we have the courage and determination to pursue it. Abdullah’s love for the PAF is a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in the armed forces. His positive attitude and resilience in the face of illness are a reminder of the strength of the human spirit. 

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The Make a Wish Foundation, Pakistan, and the PAF are to be commended for their efforts to make Abdullah’s dream come true. Their compassion and generosity have brought joy and hope to a young boy who faces many challenges in his life. They have also shown the world the true meaning of service and sacrifice. This incident remains an influence for those disheartened by their struggles and limitations and reminds them that the sky’s the limit.