Oadby man takes emergency aid to flood-stricken country
A LEICESTERSHIRE philanthropist is to fly emergency supplies to flood-ravaged Pakistan and is appealing for last-minute aid for the stricken country.
Zuffar Haq, from Oadby, is trustee of Leicestershire organisation the International Hospital Relief Trust, which has organised cargo space on a PIA flight at the end of this week.
He said: “With the country devastated by floods and the very real threat posed by cholera, it is imperative that medical supplies are sent to the country immediately.
“Through the generosity of Leicestershire people and organisations, I have amassed supplies including tents, IV drips and vaccines.
“I am particularly appealing to pharmacies, pharmaceutical firms and hospitals who can spare syringes, antibiotics, water-purifying tablets, IV drips and anti-malaria tablets to contact me – I will arrange to pick up any items and ensure they get to those who need them.
“Having made several trips to the country in the past at a time of disaster, I have good network of contacts who will ensure aid gets to the right destination. I will also be purchasing foodstuffs from there to distribute.
“The suffering of people is very real and through the generosity of local people we can make a very real difference on the ground.”
Mr Haq, a businessman, has also contacted firms and is hoping to raise £15,000 through direct appeals to them.
He added: “During the month of Ramadhan, Muslims are obligated to give to charity and many are choosing to direct this to the Pakistan flood relief. This support, coupled with the generosity of other people is very valuable.”