1)Organised a Poetry Evening ba’nam e watan and collected non-perishable food for Durham Police food drive
2) Partnered with youth organisation L.E.G.S. and set up a booth to collect donations for Rough Valley Health Systems for “Heart of it All” campaign to help purchase a echocardiogram machine
3)South Asian Heritage Show: In partnership with diverse cultures and community groups, celebrated the South Asian Heritage Week as proclaimed by the Town of Ajax
4) “Chashme e Faiz”, An evening to pay tribute to legendary Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom’. MP Chris Alexander, MP Cornalio Chisu, MPP Joe Dickson, MPP Tracy MacCharles, Mayor Dave Ryan and several community supporters graced the occasion. Tariq Hameed, Nadia Hasan and Master Sitarist Anwar Khursheed performed. Food donations collected for Salvation Army and cash proceed donated to Herizon House, a local women shelter.
5)Partnered with Chinese Cultural Association in Job Search Seminar.
6)Organised a fundraiser with the partnership of Forest Brook Church and raised more than $ 10,500 for Rough Valley Hospital as contribution for the purchase of the state of art MRI machine. MP Chris Alexander, Mayor Steve Parish and Counsel Ashby attended. Evening ended with an Afghani dinner and music from around the world.
7)Friends Indeed partners, on annual basis, with COFFA (Community of Faith Against AIDS in Africa) to organise events like cultural shows and walkathons to raise funds. The funds are collected by G-Force, (Grandmothers for Grandmothers) a group of Steven Lewis Foundation. The money is distributed to those grandmothers in Africa who lost their children to AIDS and are now bring-up their grand children
8)We are also partners in the celebration of the World Religion Day, an annual event. The committee organises yearly events to understand and bring together people of different faith, communities and back ground. The event rotates in all municipalities of Durham Region
9)Celebrated an evening with Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star columnist and famous Urdu poet Himayat Ali Shair. The evening was titled ‘Matti ka Qarz’ and the speakers emphasised the need for Canadians of all communities to take an active part in the affairs of their home land. Himayat Sehaib recited his poetry. The evening ended up with the great performance of Master Violinist Tom. A delicious Lebanese dinner was served.
10)Organised a cultural program and dinner to raise funds for the victims of the devastation of floods in Pakistan. IDRF and Canadian Red Cross were on site and collected all over about $18,000. MP Mark Holland, MP Dan McTeague, MPP Joe Dickson, Mayor Dave Ryan and Police Chief Mike Ewle attended along with citizens of diverse communities.