Queen Elizabeth honours Pakistani volunteers with Commonwealth award

Sandra Loyd

ISLAMABAD: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth honoured 2 Pakistani volunteers with a ‘Commonwealth Points of Light Award’ throughout a call hosted by British High Commissioner Christian Turner.

The award to Huzaifa Ahmad (Co-Founder and CEO Rizq) and Hassaan Irfan (Executive Director, Rizq), acknowledge their operate in supplying food security to regional neighborhoods, particularly throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“The call with Her Majesty The Queen also marked National Volunteering Week in the UK, an annual celebration of the power and contribution of volunteering,” checked out the official declaration.

Social business Rizq, which began as a university project in 2015 focused on guaranteeing an appetite complimentary Pakistan by dispersing excess food to the most susceptible.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic and in the holy month of Ramazan, Huzaifa and Hassaan mobilised a network of over 3,000 volunteers to disperse over 2.2 million meals to throughout 23 cities.

“Food is a fundamental need. For every human to reach his or her true potential it is important for this basic right to be accessible, affordable and available,” stated CEO Rizq, Huzaifa felicitating the queen for identifying their efforts.

“I would like to dedicate it to our amazing volunteers and Rizq heroes,” he added.

Hassaan stated: “We have more food than ever before yet more people than ever go hungry every day. We all have an individual responsibility to eliminate hunger – no one should go without a daily meal.”

” This award is a homage to individuals of Pakistan, the work of volunteers in Pakistan, and our strong custom of assisting each other,’ he added.

The British high commissioner stated that it was an honour that the Queen Elizabeth identified Rizq’s impressive work to deal with food insecurity.

“Moments like this are examples of the profoundly positive relations between the UK, Pakistan and Commonwealth,” he added.

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