To give a boost to their humanitarian activities, Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) on Saturday selected top tennis player Aisamul Haq as their youth ambassador.
The announcement was made during the National Youth and Volunteer Camp 2012, which is being attended by volunteers from across the country.
The theme of this year’s camp is “Promotion of Social Inclusion, Safe Living and Culture of Non-Violence and Peace”.
The tennis star’s oath-taking was administered by PRCS Secretary General Brigadier (retired) Dr Mahboob Sardar. Aisam later administered the oaths of hundreds of volunteers participating in the camp.
Dr Mahboob welcomed the tennis star to the society, saying that the sportsman will definitely act as a role model for volunteers, who are the backbone of the society.
He said the youth at PRCS are playing a leading role in helping the vulnerable in an efficient manner by bringing enthusiasm and fresh perspectives. PRCS has more than 222,000 volunteers who are performing various duties.
Speaking on the occasion, the tennis player said volunteers are the real heroes of this country who are doing a commendable job by thinking beyond themselves and serving humanity. He vowed to spare no effort in serving the vulnerable segment of the society.
“Today is the happiest day of my life, as now I can be called in anytime to perform my duties, which would indeed be a great honour,” he said.
The tennis player also visited the camp site, where he was given a briefing on volunteers’ activities.
Aisam talks about his book
Meanwhile, the star tennis player visited Beaconhouse Educational Complex, where he held a discussion with students and encouraged them towards sports activities.
Haq spoke in detail about his book, “Lessons Learnt from the Tennis Tour” saying that the idea behind the book came from his coach Robert Davis who has been with him for the past 10 years.
“The book contains lessons I learnt travelling around the world being a Pakistani and a Muslim. It is not just a book about sports, it is more like a guidance piece which contains my experience on road and the prejudices I dealt with,” said the 31-year-old sportsman.
Advising the students, he said nothing comes easy in life and hence it is important to put maximum efforts in every field to live a successful life. Students seemed to be much excited by the presence of the superstar and many were seen taking photographs with him and his wife.
“I personally feel people like Aisam are our role models and that is the reason why I came here on my off day especially to purchase his book,” said Irum Hussain, one of the students.
Later, Aisam inau inaugurated the swimming pool at the educational complex.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2012.
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