First Lady of Turkey Ms Emine Erdogan talks to a disabled lady during electric wheelchairs distribution ceremony at PRC NHQ. PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi and others are also present on the occasion.
ISLAMABAD: The First Lady of Turkey Ms Emine Erdogan on Thursday gifted 20 electric wheel chairs and 10 incubators to Pakistan Red Crescent which were distributed by her among the deserving people during a ceremony at PRC National Headquarters here.
Addressing the ceremony, First Lady of Turkey said that she is very thankful for the love and sentiments of Pakistani people for their Turkish brethren. She said that Pakistan, Turkey have strong relations and with the passage of time these relations will be further strengthened. She lauded the humanitarian efforts of PRC, TRC and their joint collaboration in mitigating the suffering of the vulnerable. She said that the wheelchairs and incubators donated by TIKA, a Turkish Relief Agency is an effort to support our Pakistani brethrens who deserves to be care and look after.
The first lady said that she salutes the courage of the disabled men, women and children who never let these fears to overpower them and they deserve our special attention so that they can play a positive role in the society.
Speaking at the occasion, PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi said that It is a great a pleasure for him and his entire team to welcome The First Lady of Turkey and scintillating and enviable history and bond between people of Pakistan and Turkey dates back to many centuries. “During disasters or any emergency in our country, Turkish people have always responded and reciprocated with fervor and zeal.
Dr Elahi said that in 2005, when Pakistan was hit by the devastating earthquake, it was Turkey’s Prime Minister who reciprocated the same gesture and reached Pakistan with relief goods and teams.The volunteers of Pakistan Red Crescent along with the teams of Turkish Red Crescent were able to reach far flung areas including snow clad mountainous areas and same sentiments and brotherhood was also seen during the 2010 super floods relief and recovery operations.
Saeed Elahi said that The Disaster Management and Logistic Center, largest in Asia was built by TRC is an exemplary display of long lasting friendship and relation grown stronger over years, which was inaugurated by none other than Mrs. Erdogan herself in 2009. He expressed his delight and profound gratitude to The First Lady for donating electric wheelchairs and incubators among the disabled.
He also thanked to Tikka for their support that would help in mitigating the suffering of the vulnerable.
In the welcome address, PRC General Secretary Ghulam Muhammad Awan said that Pakistan and Turkey enjoy a friendship which has lasted for decades. This friendship has been tried and tested many times. Both nations have been together to support each other when disaster has struck either countries. He said that Pakistan Red Crescent and the Turkish Red Crescent have been together in the toughest situation caused by natural disasters and the needs of social development, where both our organizations have stood shoulder to shoulder. We have always moved forward to achieve our goals and targets.
At the end of event, Dr. Saeed Elahi presented shield and gift to The First Lady while the First Lady distributed the wheelchairs among the disabled persons and personally went to each disabled and communicated with them.