PROMISES TO SERVE
TORONTO: Islam teaches us to be practical and not emotional. We must
act accordingly and try to build bridges between people and communities.
This is the message we must spread.
Shahid Hashmi, Chairman of Canpak Chamber of Commerce and a prominent
personality of the community, stated this in his address at the Mohammed
Ather's election campaign fundraising dinner at the Baba Banquet Hall here
on September 8, 2006. Mohammed Ather is contesting for City Councilor Ward
42, Scarborough Rouge-River.
He said: "We need young and energetic persons like Mohammed Ather to
come forward and lead the people. We must focus on the young generation
and encourage and support them. They are our hope and future."
Despite being Friday, the weather very bad and the Muslim Festival of Shab
Barat on that day, over 150 people of all ages and various communities
attended the event. The fundraising proved successful with a good
amount being collected.
The senior officials of PEACE Foundation and the Islamic Foundation of
Toronto openly assured full support to Mohammed Ather and donated
Hameeduddin Ahmed, Publisher and editor of Awaz, was the MC on the
occasion. He conducted the proceedings professionally and succeeded in
pooling good funds for Ather. He kept highlighting Ather's abilities and
qualities with the audience responding with cheers and clapping.
A slide show on Ather's campaign was shown, explaining his policies,
objectives and strategies. The audience was impressed by the presentation
and proceeding of the event. Almost everyone praised and congratulated
Ather for the successful campaign and fundraising. They assured him full
support of the respective communities in Ward 42.
A musical show was also organized in which Nadeem Shah, Amer Talat and
other artistes participated. The audience enjoyed the performances.
Mohammed Ather in his speech thanked the people for the tremendous support
and encouragement. He said: "I will serve you people and I am nothing
without you. I need your support to win the election. Seeing the
tremendous backing of the residents and non-residents I am confident of
winning this election."
He highlighted the problems and issues of Ward 42 and said they need
urgent attention. He wondered why they were neglected despite repeated
demand and reminder of the people. Some areas need immediate attention and
improvement, he added.
"My objective is to connect people and communities and serve them. I
am dedicated to serve and create awareness. This is my motto and
commitment and I am determined to fulfill my commitment at any cost. I
will strive for a safer, healthier and a progressive community in Ward
42.This can only be achieved with practical support of the people and the
communities," he stated.
thanked each and everyone who are helping him in any way in the campaign
and for his success.
tickets were of $50 and $100 and most of the participants bought the
tickets at the gate.
Zaheer (Masters in International Relations), Canadian of Pakistani Origin
(CPO), Professional Freelance Journalist, Veteran Active Member (VAM)
of Toronto Press Club, Member of The Ontario Club, Member of National
Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC), Council Member of
Karachi Press Club (Pakistan), served as Senior Sub-Editor of Pakistan's
leading English Daily DAWN (1986-1999). Associated with Journalism
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