Karachi, Nov 20, 2012: An inauguration ceremony was held in Ziarat, Baluchistan yesterday to celebrate the opening of a healthcare centre sponsored through one day salary donations of the employees of the Abu Dhabi Group member companies, including Bank Alfalah in the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake. The ceremony was attended by ministers, bureaucrats, corporate and social sector representatives including Moulana Abdul Samad Akhundzada, Provincial Minister for Forest, MPA District Ziarat, and Mr. Asmatullah Kakar, Secretary Health Department, Government of Baluchistan, Dr. Maqbool Ahmed, District Health Officer Ziarat. Bank Alfalah’s Shahab bin Shahid, Group Head Retail and Middle Markets and Masood Ahmed Awan, Area Manager, Baluchistan Retail and Middle Markets were also present at the inauguration.
Bank Alfalah’s CEO Atif Bajwa said, “I am proud of the community spirit and solidarity demonstrated by Bank Alfalah’s employees and other member companies of the Abu Dhabi Group. The total employee contribution towards the 2008 earthquake relief was approximately Rs18.4 million –a remarkable demonstration of the collective strength of our people. I am optimistic that this health care centre will support the Government of Baluchistan in its efforts to provide quality healthcare to the people of this province and am grateful to them for their support towards this initiative.”
In the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake, the Abu Dhabi Group undertook an initiative to support the victims of this disaster through requesting employees of Bank Alfalah, Warid and Wateen to contribute one-day of their salary as donations. Today, based on those employee contributions, a fully operational mother-child healthcare centre with medical equipment, ambulances and medicine provisioning has been successfully completed in Baluchistan.
Supporting sustainable community causes are key priorities for Bank Alfalah and the Abu Dhabi Group. They remain committed to growing in alignment with the core principle of responsible finance and giving back to communities and their employees play a meaningful role in helping them achieve this objective, both through financial support and volunteerism.