Humanity First Canada held it’s annual Dine and Let Humanity Shine – Fundraising Dinner on Friday, December 1st, 2017, to support it’s relief efforts assisting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Nearly 600,000 Rohingya refugees have reportedly fled to Bangladesh with numbers increasing every day. Many of them are injured, sick, exhausted and in desperate need of food, clean water and medical aid are currently receiving aid in makeshift camps in Bangladesh.
The highly successful fundraising event was attended by over 1000 guests, including Canadian political leaders, media, and members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada.
The Keynote Address was delivered by Bob Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, who spoke on his recent experiences in Bangladesh and Myamar.
Mr. Rae strongly emphasized the importance of supporting the suffering refugees and the need for Canada to take a leading role on the international stage.
Also in attendance were several Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Parliament, and others. Kirsty Duncan, Federal Minister of Science, expressed her support for of Humanity First Canada. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau sent his greetings, acknowledging the hard work of Humanity First Canada’s volunteers, and the generosity of it’s donors.Commenting on the event, Dr. Aslam Daud, Chairman Humanity First Canada, said: “We are very distressed seeing the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
They are lacking basic necessities of life, the sick are not getting the proper care, and children are unable to go to schools and their lives are in survival mode. It is a humanitarian disaster of a very large magnitude. With the help of our donors, we are only attempting to bring some ease for them.”
The event raised over $60,000 which will go towards Humanity First’s aid efforts in Bangladesh. Humanity First is actively working at the Kutupalong and Shaplapur camps in Bangaldesh to assist thousands of refugees.
It has set up medical camps providing emergency medical relief, serving hot food to over 1000 refugees daily, installing hand pumps for clean water and setting up portable toilets. Bangladesh is also moving ahead with a plan to move Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island, Thengar Char, in the Bay of Bengal.
Humanity First Holds Big Fund Drive For Rohingyas