Events, Pakistan

“My Bright Smile”

Colgate Palmolive’s “My Bright Smile” Global Art Contest has been providing children across the globe a platform to showcase their creativity and express their artistic thoughts. It has been seventeen years that the unique Global Art Contest is held under the umbrella of Colgate’s Oral Health Education Peogram, “Bright Smiles, Bright futures”. The idea is not only to give a forum for children to polish their inner talent, but also educate them the benefits of good oral care.

 

This year, the “My Bright Smile” Global Art Contest received an overwhelming response from children across Pakistan with 115,595 entries from schools nationwide. Participants, aged 6 to 9 were invited to participate to show their artsy skills. On 23rd May 2017, an exhibition displaying several shortlisted candidates was held at Alliance Francaise Art Gallery in Karachi, in which prizes were distributed to the 100 best entries and 12 lucky winners were selected for their extraordinary pieces of original art. 


It was such a great feeling to see young kids making their names for the future artists of Pakistan 🇵🇰. We must appreciate and encourage these young talented kids, let’s give them a pat on the back; if we don’t then who else will?

#ColgateArtContest17

Clothing, Events, Fashion

Be the Furor Man

Edenrobe which is one of the leading manufacturers and retailers of quality clothing for kids, women and men in Pakistan has launched and expanded its new brand, Furor. The brand offers high end casual clothing for men and aims to bridge the gap in the casual clothing in Pakistan.


Furor is a brand for fashion lovers and its mission is to connect to the market through its products. “Furor’s communication and marketing strategy will differ from all the current competitors and everyone will see that.” – Director Operations of Furor, Fahad Dandia. Furor stores will be available at Lucky One (Karachi), Boulevard Mall (Hyderabad), Giga Mall (Islamabad), Chen One Tower (Multan) and Emporium Mall (Lahore).

The brand launch event was a star studded evening with Faizan Haq and Hira Hussain as hosts and a super fun showdown between the two amazing Umair Jaswal and Mikaal Zulfiqar who competed for the title of Furor Man. There was a musical dance performance as well to unveil the brand along with contest, games and giveaways. Other renowned media stars included Shamoon Abbasi, Sumbul Iqbal, Aiman and Minal Khan, child artist Maryam who made the event more lively with their presence.

Furor website: http://www.furorjeans.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/furor 


#BeTheFurorMan #FurorByEdenRobe

Events, General, Pakistan

Lead The Way

The Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) is a not-for-profit career development center that offers training to underprivileged youth from marginalized areas of Karachi for better career prospects. Established in 2008, in Saudabad, Malir, it is a public-private partnership initiative between Habib University Foundation and local government of Karachi. iACT offers free of cost, as well as scholarship based courses and trainings and also guarantees 100% job placement to its graduates.

Display of Social Action Projects by the Students of Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) held at Regent Plaza on 13th February 2017. Young and dedicated students from the areas of Malir District showed off their efforts of implementing various social action projects in their communities. Around 120 young participants from Saudabad and Model Colony were enrolled in the six months training program called ‘Lead the Way’. These participants not only got training for their projects from the program officers at iACT, but also implemented in their communities, schools, colleges, and hospitals. The projects included Anti-Smoking and Anti-Drug Campaign, Women’s Right in Pakistan, Cleaning Campaign, Child Labor Awareness, Awareness Camps about Traffic Rules, Education Walk, Library Conception, Motivational Sessions, Renovating Learning Spaces, Tree Plantation and many others.
Ms. Shamim Mumtaz – Minister Social Welfare Department, Rizwan Jaffar – Founder Chairman Youth Parliament, Mr. Feroz Khan – CEO Omar Jibran Engineering Industries Ltd. and principals of the schools attended the event.

Guests not only encouraged students for their amazing work, but they also talked to all the groups individually, questioning and getting their feedback about the challenges they faced and what they learnt.


Social Action projects displayed by these energetic and highly motivated students proved that there is much room of advancement and betterment if we promote our youth and guide them to the right direction. Future of Pakistan would definitely be bright     as long as our youth is hopeful, devoted and willing to own their society, city and country.


Events, General, my thoughts

Pi Social – For the social Karachiites

I happened to visit the launch of this concept based social cafe located at Clifton (same lane as SZABIST) – called Pi Social. Having observed its promotion on social media, I was quite eager to visit it and get to know what it is about. 

Pi Social, as they claim, is Pakistan’s first concept based cafe which started its operation on Sunday, 19th Feb 2017 and got an amazing footfall on the very first day. This cafe comprises of three different cozy areas, which are:

1) Board Game Lounge – It’s all about board games – play as much as you can enjoying food and great company of friends and acquaintances. Board Game lounge offers over 100 board games and it is world’s 31st board games lounge to date.

2) Neighbourhood Market – This unique market would serve your taste buds tantalising food, savouries and desserts from non commercial chefs and bakers – powered by Sheops and The Crafter’s Guild. The Neighbourhood Market will be set up every Sunday where you could enjoy lots of food, and shop your favourite art and craft stuff. 

3) Veranda – is a beautifully decorated garden where Neighbourhood Market would be taking place on Sundays. You can just walk around and treat yourself with yummy food and intricate crafts placed for display. 


4) Pi & Co: This is a co working space for techie entrepreneurs and startups and will be operational shortly.

I think it’s a wonderful and unique idea to have a social cafe for karachiites where they could get variety of entertainment and socialising spot all under one roof. Such newly implemented ventures must be encouraged and people should take a look at what this Pi Social cafe has in store for them.