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These Powerpuff girls from a renowned university are making us proud by redefining humanity

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It is about time that we realise the importance of kindness. A good deed takes you to places and that’s what these girls are teaching everyone around them. Let‘s meet Saman Iqbal, the beautiful face of humanity.

Looks like, we have a compassionate lawyer in the making.  Her first stressful year at university, difficult circumstances coupled with declining grades and lack of empathetic people around made things a whole lot worse. It is when she came up with an idea of providing people with a platform to vent openly or anonymously without having to get judged.

“I remember at the start of this year, sometime around September, I was sitting alone on the bleachers, and I couldn’t keep myself from crying, it was then when a kind stranger came up to me and asked me if everything was alright.  Although I wasn’t alright at all, but knowing a random stranger cares made a lot of difference, it made me feel less alone. I knew there were kind people around and I knew there were people around that needed to know that such people exist. I had to connect these two kinds in some way. I came home that day and made this group.”

According to her, this group has made an immense difference in people’s life. “There were multiple instances where we tried our best to help people who were at the brink of ending their lives. I’m happy to say many of those people have made remarkable progress. There was also this one time when somebody anonymously asked on the group about abortion options and people actually offered to adopt the baby. We have come together as a family. From calming someone during a panic attack to encouraging someone to seek therapy, we have each other’s back.

It is her dream to extend this facility outside her university as well.   Kindness does not have only one face. It comes in variant forms and makes an incredible change through little deeds. Here, we have another shining star, Imbesat Zaigham Meer, the founder of the startup “Dispatch Happiness.”

When she decided to write appreciation notes to her friends and instructor, it is when she came up with the idea of providing a platform to do the same anonymously or openly.

“The more I thought about it, the more the idea appealed to me. I could see that it actually led to a massive boost to mental health for some people as well, and act as a counter to stress, loneliness and sadness, which are prevalent issues in today’s time. To support mental health, I also donate 10% of the proceeds to Fountain House, Lahore.”

Her secondary purpose is to bring back the trend of writing letters.

“There is the tingling anticipation of opening the letter and then, finally getting to read a sweet message, or some encouragement, especially at the end of a tiring or bad day.” This project is a great opportunity for people who are shy or have social anxiety.

The idea gives an old school feeling and we wish that people use this service to spread happiness and kindness where it is needed. Our third boss-lady is Ronaq Usman.

She joined Serene Organics on the recommendation of a friend a year ago – when it was just a couple months old. Serene Organics was incubated by the social innovation lab at LUMS by a dear friend and LUMS alumnus Fatima Qayyum who unfortunately left us this past July.

 Serene Organics is the product of her hard-work and determination to bring about a social impact and to optimise the welfare of the society – all while providing 100% organic and natural products to consumers. It is a social enterprise affiliated with Massarat Misbah’s Smile Again Foundation via which they employ acid attack victims who stitch jute packaging for the products. The aim is to financially uplift them and provide them with a platform to stand up again on their own feet while also creating awareness.

The idea behind Serene came about when Fatima observed the difference in results in using a cold pressed oil she got extracted herself compared to oils found locally that either have scents, preservatives added or have undergone so much heat that the nutrients have oxidised. Ronaq says, “as far as the impact is concerned I feel like it has definitely helped them. Not only have we been able to garner a vast celebrity support for our cause from reputable names such as Massarat Misbah, Hina Altaf, Sajal Aly, Zara Noor Abbas, Zahid Ahmed to name but a few – it has also allowed women we’ve employed to work from home at flexible times while also being able to give time to their families and personal pursuits.” As a current CEO, Ronaq intends to continue with Fatima’s legacy. She also aims to start a fund of some sort to help not just Acid attack survivors but all women in need.

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Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability

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An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.

The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.

According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease.  If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.

 

The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.

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Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day

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This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.

 

 

Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.

These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.

 

After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.

Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!

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5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq

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Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.

Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:

 

  1. Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life

 

Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!

 

  1. Don’t wait, just take the first step

 

The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.

 

  1. Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely

 

The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”

 

  1. Respect the competition

 

Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.

 

  1. Change is important

Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.

Follow Muneeb Mushtaq on Instagram @MuneebMushtaq for regular motivational posts.

 

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