By Mahtab Bashir
ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with Indonesian Women Association (IWA) arranged a daylong colourful ‘Charity Bazaar’ on the embassy premises on Tuesday.
The bazaar featured a number of stalls displaying artificial jewellery and colourful traditional bangles and handicrafts including Indonesian conventional decorative pieces, ladies bags and wallets. Bookstalls highlighting the history of people of Indonesia and food stalls comprising Basko (meat ball), and Mie Goreng (fried noodles) attracted a large number of visitors.
A stall of green tea was also focus of special attention of people. A large number of fashion conscious females took keen interest in buying stitched and unstitched Pakistani and Indonesian dresses.
The other items on display included a variety of Batik items, shoes, gift items and Indonesian attires. The items on display were specially imported from Indonesia.
The bazaar also featured cultural performances and Pakistani and Indonesian folksongs. A number of Pakistani and Indonesian women sang songs together to show solidarity between the two great nations and to help the needy, poor and orphans of the twin cities through charity bazaar.
Tarannum Bashir, the chairperson of Pakistan Foreign Office Women Association (PFOWA) was the chief guest on this occasion. The spouses of a few high commissioners, representatives of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women Centre (SBBWC), wives of diplomatic staff of different embassies, businesswomen, members of PFOWA, inmate of Rawalpindi women prison and others turned up on this occasion.
The highlight of the day was an exciting lucky draw, in which a number of participants bagged attractive gift hampers especially imported from Indonesia.
Earlier, in her address, Mrs Butar Latuconsina, the wife of ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia warmly welcomed the guests to the Charity Bazaar. She said the efforts for the noble cause of supporting the less fortunate must go on.
She said the embassy has planned to donate 10 percent of the sale for the charity to play their part to light up the lives of the people who need their attention. “We can not remove the miseries of underprivileged altogether with our limited sources but what is important is the fact how deeply we think and feel about the life of the downtrodden,” she said dejectedly.
Mrs Latuconsina said joining hands together for charity was very meaningful and rewarding for those who had succeeded in this world for making a compassionate society as it promotes the feelings of brotherhood, sympathy and harmony among humanity. “I hope this event will further foster the bonds of friendship between the people of two countries,” she added. Mrs Latuconsina concluded with the wishes to help others who are less fortunate. She also donated cash to the poor and needy.
Source: Daily Times