Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has honored two Pakistanis Huzaifa Ahmed and Syed Hassan Irfan with a Commonwealth Points of Light Award. Huzaifa and Hassan run an NGO called ‘Rizq’ that is revolutionizing the use of surplus food to end food poverty.
The award to Huzaifa [Co-Founder and CEO Rizq] and Hassaan Irfan [Executive Director, Rizq], recognize their work in providing food security to local communities, especially during the pandemic.
Best of ?? ?? & Commonwealth for #VolunteersWeek @PointsofLight . Honoured to receive call from Her Majesty to congratulate @HassaanIrfan@Huzaifa09424183@Rizq_Sharefood #UKPakDosti https://t.co/bmzHVH2san
— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCO) June 6, 2020
Huzaifa and Hassan started Rizq, as a university project in 2015 aimed at ensuring a hunger-free Pakistan. The aim was to distribute excess food to the most vulnerable. During the pandemic, they mobilized a network of over 3,000 volunteers to distribute over 2.2 million meals to across 23 cities.
“Food is a fundamental need. For every human to reach his or her true potential it is important for this basic right to be accessible, affordable, and available,” said CEO Rizq, Huzaifa.
Moreover, Huzaifa also thanked the UK government for recognizing their efforts.
— Syed Hassaan Irfan (@HassaanIrfan) June 6, 2020
Launched in April 2018, Commonwealth Points of Light awards were made by Her Majesty the Queen. She is the Head of the Commonwealth. The Queen aims to thank inspirational volunteers across all the Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump honored a 10-year-old Pakistani-American girl Laila Khan, who is helping the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. She donated 100 boxes of cookies to nurses and firefighters.
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