Fighting polio through art

LAHORE – The Art Competition 2022 was held at the Governor’s House in Lahore on the World Polio Day as part of the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.–Photo courtesy Shaista Khawar

LAHORE — The Art Competition 2022 was held at the Governor’s House in Lahore on the World Polio Day as part of the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.

The event was organised by Shaista Khawar (SK), floral designer and Rotary International District chairperson (education and literacy), SK Foundation and the Rotary Club of Lahore Grace.

The recipient of Governor’s Award 2022 and a social worker highly invested in giving a creative touch to the polio awareness campaign, Shaista conducted this event in a highly innovative and interesting manner.

Live music lifted the mood of the guests and added to the ambiance as the participants created their designs.

Girls from different colleges and universities participated in this lively event to show their artistic skills keeping in mind humanity’s battle against polio.

The organisers empowered these young girls by giving them full exposure and knowledge of how to fight the polio virus in a creative way and save the future generations of Pakistan.

Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman’s wife graced the event as chief guest.

Dignitaries such as Dr Shahzad (Head of Polio Pakistan), Adnan Rohaila (District Rotary Governor), Rashida Bano from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr Ujala Nayyar from the World Health Organization (WHO), Wasif Mehmood from UNICEF and Dr Shaukat Mehmood from PWTD were in attendance.

Renowned artists RM Naeem, Minaa Haroon and Zulfiqar Zulfi judged the students’ creative take on polio awareness.

Also on the occasion, Shaista designed a special photo booth where people in attendance could get photographed at the beautiful lakeside at Governor’s House. The highlight of the event was the Polio Awareness Walk led by the chief guest, Punjab governor’s wife, and attended by the dignitaries and students.

On conclusion of the event, the winners and the dignitaries were given certificates, trophies and gifts at a ceremony at Darbar Hall.

Speaking on this occasion, the Punjab Governor’s wife appreciated the efforts of the organisers and expressed her gratitude to all the dignitaries and students working to support this noble cause.

The chief guest also highlighted Shaista’s efforts and acknowledged her effective management of the event, which drew a greater attention to the polio disease and invited the audience to work for polio eradication.

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