UPCOMING EVENT: Feed the Need Basketball Tournament

Posted by on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Hira T. Khan

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Who

Members of Thaakat and non-members, basketball stars and basketball enthusiasts, those living in Chicago and those in another state, country, or continent – dear readers, you are all invited to our upcoming event. We are looking for teams to participate in the event and volunteers to give us a hand. Spectators are also welcome to support family and friends.

What

The occasion is our fourth annual charity basketball tournament. The fee for entering the tournament as a participating team will be $250 per team of eight players. Each team is allowed up to two extra players at the additional cost of $25 each. Spectators watch the games for free, and they will have the opportunity to enter a raffle with the purchase of a ticket. Raffle prizes were donated by our sponsors.

Where

The event will take place at the Oak Brook Park District, which is located at:

1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523.

When

This tournament will span over two days. It will begin on Saturday, November 23 and culminate on Sunday, November 24. Each day’s games should last about four hours.

Why

All proceeds will go directly to our global charity projects. Currently, the Thaakat Foundation is the sole financial supporter for two schools in Pakistan and Ghana, and a maternity center and healthcare facility in Sierra Leone. Any overhead costs for the tournament will be covered by our wonderful sponsors.

Important Links

Interested teams can sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/ballinwthaakat

And volunteers can sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/volunteerfeedtheneed

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World Blood Donor Day 2013

Posted by on Friday, June 14, 2013 in Hira T. Khan

blood_donor310Thank you.

Thank you to those of you who have voluntarily donated blood to give the gift of life. This June 14th marks the tenth annual World Blood Donor Day, which was begun to create awareness about the need for blood donations.

One donation can save the lives of up to three different people, and through voluntary donations, millions of lives have been saved around the world. In the year 2011, an astounding 83 million voluntary, unpaid blood donations were collected around the world, which is an increase of 8 million from 2004.

Still, there is progress to be made. Only 60 countries in the world are able to sustain their national blood supplies with voluntary blood donations. Forty countries are entirely dependent on family and paid donors. Voluntary donations are key to a sufficient, efficient, and safe supply of blood.

This guy has donated blood 1,000 times and has saved 2,000,000 lives! Can you match that?

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SNEAK PEEK: New Partner, New Cause

Posted by on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Hira T. Khan

Konadu 5.29On our Facebook Page, we gave you a teaser on an upcoming global project we’ll be supporting in Ghana. Here’s a little more about our partner organization to whet your appetite.

Tanobaose, Ghana has seen an influx of people moving into the area. They come to do odd jobs in the community so that they may support their families. Their children usually do not go to school. Clement Opoku Boamah watched this happen, and he had a dream that these children could one day attend a free school. And he strived to make that dream come true. Perhaps that is how he earned the name Righteous.

Righteous began his school with just two kids. Now he has 50. Righteous and the children make the best with what they have. He offers the students rides to the school at six in the morning. Class starts at seven with breakfast and a morning prayer. Righteous teaches his students to read and write English in a small dusty classroom. Konadu Basic School is named after his mother.

Well, what do you think about Righteous’ Cause? Are you on board?

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Annual Report 2012

Posted by on Monday, February 11, 2013 in Hira T. Khan

Our Annual Report for 2012 is out! Last year was huge for Thaakat, and you can scroll through the  report and take a close look at exactly what we’ve been up to. But in case you’re in a hurry, let me give you a quick run-through of the year’s highlights:
Between 2011 and 2012, funds increased by 45%. This largely came from general donations. In all, general donations accounted for about 60% of our funds, and the rest came from university chapter fundraising events, sponsorships, and corporate contributions.
In comparison to 2011, in 2012 we focused on fewer projects, but the projects were considerable. Eighty percent of total funds applied in 2012 went towards a school in Kachra Kundi, which opened in June.
Project ReBorn Africa is coming to a close. In 2012, we put finishing touches on the maternity center we funded in Sierra Leone. It is scheduled for completion early this year.
The remaining funds were applied to the Sandy Disaster Relief Fund, Pakistan Flood Relief, and other local projects.
2012 is over, but 2013 has just begun – and we’ve got big plans. This year we look forward to expansion onsite in Kachra Kundi and adopting a new global site. Locally, we are focusing on volunteerism, bone marrow registration, and creating awareness about violence against women with our Break the Silence initiative.
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