Afridi champions Pakistan flood victims

Published Nov 30, 2012 01:55pm

shahid afridi, pakistan cricket, pakistan floods, Basic Human Rights
“I appreciate this one-room shelter project, which is helping the most vulnerable families in rebuilding their homes. Last year I helped BHR raise funds for this project, it was good to see the outcome of that effort.” -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi lent his support Friday to millions of people suffering from consecutive years of flooding, promising to continue to raise funds and awareness for their plight.

The 32-year-old former captain visited the Basic Human Rights (BHR) charity's one-room shelter projects in various villages in southern Pakistan and pledged his support for housing millions of homeless people.

“I am passionate about the relief work,” Afridi told AFP on Friday.

Pakistan has suffered devastating floods in the past three years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

This year monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 480 people and affected more than five million, mostly in the southern province of Sindh, according to the government.

“I appreciate this one-room shelter project, which is helping the most vulnerable families in rebuilding their homes. Last year I helped BHR raise funds for this project, it was good to see the outcome of that effort,” said Afridi.

Earlier this month the United Nations called on donors to find $79 million to save millions of Pakistanis affected by monsoon floods and unrest in the northwest.

Afridi said he will continue to raise funds for flood victims.

“Wherever I play cricket, I try my level best to convince people to come forward and help,” said Afridi, who also helped the 2005 earthquake victims in Pakistan.


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Peace
Nov 30, 2012 03:01pm
You are a good Man!
skeptic
Nov 30, 2012 04:53pm
well that's noble of you boom boom but concentrate on your cricket skill level first which has regretfully gone down quite rapidly. you are a professional and you can do this stuff when you retire.
ram
Nov 30, 2012 03:17pm
Flood is old and outdated problem in 21 century because till 70, Flood was a major problem in India and other states and central govt. were helping but now State itself can manage such flood problem in India . I am wondering Pakistan , a missile and atomic and huge strong military country like india , still asking for help for flood from world and everywhere. like india was doing till 70 's .
Anony
Nov 30, 2012 05:04pm
Way to go Shahid bhai.
m ramzan ahmad
Nov 30, 2012 05:30pm
lala it is your great job to serve to serve the flood victoms as you are always good
Akram
Dec 01, 2012 10:00am
over the last 50 years the amount of aid received by india was more than any other country, because of the size of your country. Pakistan did not receive flood aid on the same scale. However, there is a civil revolution of sorts happening in Pakistan currently. The old powers of the military are giving way to democratic demands and people power. This was a prerequisite before Pakistan can stand on its own without asking for outside help. It will take time as it always has in other nations. but it is at least a starting point. Well done Shahid bhai, we need more cricketers to behave in such manner, and less ego's.
Mr.T
Nov 30, 2012 07:05pm
Raising funds, man you take millions from ad and from league, just take out some and then ask from charity from others...
Sana
Nov 30, 2012 07:11pm
A commendable effort, Disasters are a test of our unity and it is times like these which test our resolve to help the downtrodden. Well Done Sir.
GUL
Dec 01, 2012 01:54am
Yes if your perfromance fail this is best way to win symptahy.
Khalid
Dec 01, 2012 01:25pm
Firstly, pay your taxes. It seems that you are stealing wealth from the country and then giving some of it back to its people.
Shah Sawar Khan
Dec 01, 2012 02:16pm
Afridi is always loved by his fans either he wins or loses.His latest compaign must lead him to success. May Allah help him.
Shah Sawar Khan
Dec 01, 2012 02:18pm
we appreciate your efforts.
raika45
Dec 01, 2012 01:41pm
If honest people like him come to the forefront to help the flood victims,people are willing to give aid.The problem arises when your armed forces is spending millions testing missiles for God knows what reason, then foreign funds are skeptical.What comes first? Your people in dire straits or your multimillion rupee missiles?
sajjad
Dec 01, 2012 06:27pm
Good work!. I would request all high earning cricketers and celebrities to come forward and build lets say 11 state of the art free serving hospitals in different parts of the country. This will surely change the health care service in the country.