Azhar Bats for the Elderly at PEACE Event
By A Correspondent
Cricketing legend and Member of Indian Parliament Mohammad Azharuddin has decided to become an ambassador of PEACE Services in its campaign to stomp out elder abuse and to work towards creating dignified lifestyles for the elderly. He made an announcement to the effect at a fundraising dinner in Toronto of PEACE (Prevention of Elder Abuse and Community Education) Services, an organization dedicated to bring hope and happiness in the lives of seniors in Canada and elsewhere. At the event attended by hundreds of people from across the Greater Toronto Area, Padmashree Azhar enthralled the audience with his words on the importance of elders. This was the second successful fundraising event organized by the dedicated efforts of a small group of volunteers working tirelessly to make this event successful.
The event was also addressed by Dr. Yahya Fadlalla, Shahnawaz Mohammed, Fasi Masood, Iftekhar Sharif and Moiz Khan. This was followed by fund raising by noted former councillor Mr.Khalid Usman. The attendees responded with high spirits pledging funds to the cause of PEACE. Entertainment was provided by the “Avengers” group rendering some memorable tunes by noted singer Rahat Ali Khan.Azharuddin held several records during his cricketing career some which remain unbroken and are held by him even after 3 decades of competitive cricket. Ajju bhai as he is fondly called by the “Hyderabadi-Indian” community was given the Pride of India Award on the occasion.
Other social workers who were awarded at the event include Mr. Iftekhar Shareef (prominent social activist and businessman from Chicago), Mr. Mohammed Wajiduddin (president of Oxford Dental College, Toronto), Mr. Jamal Khan (retired Staff Sergeant of Toronto Police Service and dedicated community worker), and Mr. Shahnawaz Mohammed (former president of PEACE Services).PEACE president Mr. Moiz Khan in his speech said that the goal of his organization is to bring happiness, safety and hope in the life of elders and their families. The organization aims to build a senior citizens center to provide recreation, education, cultural activities and other programs for senior citizens.The event also marked June 15th as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” held across the globe to raise awareness of elder abuse and highlight ways to challenge such abuse.
PEACE Treasurer Mr. Fasi Masood in his presentation noted the different types of abuse, consequences of it which could result in serious complications including death. Mr. Fasi noted an interesting statistic which said 8 million Canadians will be over the age of 65 years by 2031 this is 25% of Canada’s population. He said PEACE is at the forefront of community services providing free education & training in computers, seminars on health, safety, personality development, safe driving including contributions and providing recreational activities to seniors.
Hon. Reza Moridi MPP, in his greetings appreciated the efforts of PEACE and extended his best wishes. He said, we are honoured to have such an exemplary organisation in our community and thanked organisers and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event possible.
Mr. Farooq Siddiqui, Vice President said PEACE was formed in 2006 has always encouraged volunteers especially youth in the community to educate, providing bridging programs; inculcate youth to take responsibility of elders and connecting youth with elders. http://www.peaceservices.net.