International Overdose Awareness Day News Story

Islamabad: International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event and each year Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation (KKAWF) aims to raise awareness against overdose and the stigma attached to legal and illegal drug-related death. In this regard, KKAWF organised a charity event on September 15, 2018. The event comprised a rugby match between Islamabad and Punjab and Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari was the chief guest.

Showing a great sense of purpose and duty towards their community, students from Beaconhouse Magalla Campus and Beaconhouse Potohar Campus volunteered to assist KKWAF in making the event the success it was. Forty-nine students from BMI and 40 students from BPC participated in the event. They took up diverse roles to assist with both, the preparation as well as on the day of the event.

The day started at around 1:20pm roughly. Our students set up and decorated their stalls where they were selling various items such as T-shirts, caps, mugs, cupcakes, lemonade, etc to raise money for the charity. At 3:45pm the flag march started and our students followed the routine successfully which ended with the national anthem. There was also a showcase of heavy bikes from the biker club of Islamabad which was a spectacle for of the audience.

The match started at 4pm sharp and the audience cheered and enjoyed the wonderful game between Islamabad and Punjab. In attendance were a lot of children, parents and dignitaries from various embassies. Ms Mazari visited the stalls set up by our students, bought food and drinks.

During half time, there was a poem recited about how drugs can ruin lives, there was also a short but energetic exercise routine that was appreciated by everyone. In between the match, volunteers carried placards warning everyone about drugs and their ill effects.

After the prize distribution ceremony, the chief guest gave a speech on the importance of drug awareness and thanked all the volunteers for their help.

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