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Mobilink Foundation begins second phase of earthquake relief

Mobilink’s employee volunteers collecting non-food relief items across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 7 November 2013: Mobilink Foundation and its Torchbearers (employee volunteers) have initiated a collection drive for non-food items as the second phase of relief operations for Awaraan, Baluchistan.

The onset of winter has created an urgent need for warm clothing, blankets and temporary shelter for families who have lost their homes and livelihoods in the disaster. In late October, Mobilink Foundation had sent one consignment of waterproof material to Awaraan. Mobilink Torchbearers (employee volunteers) have now set up relief camps at Mobilink offices across Pakistan, that are collecting clothing, bed sheets, blankets, kitchen utensils, curtains and floor mats. Mobilink Foundation has also made arrangements with the Pakistan Army to ensure that the collected material is transported and distributed in the affected regions.

Omar Manzur, Head of Corporate Communications, Mobilink highlighted, “The situation in Baluchistan is grave with the lack of shelter and basic necessities being a serious cause for concern. Mobilink Foundation and its Torchbearers continue to work together to ensure we can help our fellow Pakistanis in their time of need.”

Mobilink Foundation was the first from the corporate sector to mobilize relief for earthquake affectees. This initiative began with the delivery of water supplies in the week after the disaster. This was followed by the delivery of food supplies in collaboration with the Government of Baluchistan to distribute food assistance in various relief camps in the vicinity of Awaraan and surrounding areas.

ABOUT MOBILINK FOUNDATION

The Mobilink Foundation is a reflection of the commitment of Mobilink and its employees to reshape lives of the community in which Mobilink operates. Established in 2008, the Mobilink Foundation is a non-profit organization, which provides support for the local community in the areas of health, education, environment and humanitarian assistance. Being a philanthropic organization, it is purely based on employee volunteerism that enables the Foundation to spend every penny directly towards the causes it is associated with. In 2013, Mobilink Foundation became Pakistan’s first and only telecom CR function to be certified by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP).