ISLAMABAD: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth honoured two Pakistani volunteers with a 'Commonwealth Points of Light Award' during a phone call hosted by British High Commissioner Christian Turner.
The award to Huzaifa Ahmad (Co-Founder and CEO Rizq) and Hassaan Irfan (Executive Director, Rizq), recognise their work in providing food security to local communities, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
☎️ The Queen yesterday recognised Commonwealth Points of Light Award winners Syed Hassaan Irfan and Huzaifa Ahmed of @Rizq_Sharefood— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2020
The Queen heard how volunteers have distributed over 2.2m meals in Pakistan using food waste during a call with Hassaan and @CTurnerFCO pic.twitter.com/suwLs5guRV
"The call with Her Majesty The Queen also marked National Volunteering Week in the UK, an annual celebration of the power and contribution of volunteering," read the official statement.
Social enterprise Rizq, which started as a university project in 2015 aimed at ensuring a hunger free Pakistan by distributing excess food to the most vulnerable.
During the coronavirus pandemic and in the holy month of Ramazan, Huzaifa and Hassaan mobilised 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 felicitating the queen for recognising their efforts.
"I would like to dedicate it to our amazing volunteers and Rizq heroes," he added.
Hassaan said: "We have more food than ever before yet more people than ever go hungry every day. We all have an individual responsibility to eliminate hunger – no one should go without a daily meal."
“This award is a tribute to the people of Pakistan, the work of volunteers in Pakistan, and our strong tradition of helping each other,’ he added.
I would like to thank @RoyalFamily @commonwealthsec & @PointsofLight for this important recognition.— Syed Hassaan Irfan (@HassaanIrfan) June 6, 2020
It was an absolute honour to speak with her Majesty the Queen along with @CTurnerFCO about our vision to end hunger through compassion @Rizq_Sharefood pic.twitter.com/KniANvYg7L
The British high commissioner said that it was an honour that the Queen Elizabeth recognised Rizq’s remarkable work to tackle food insecurity.
"Moments like this are examples of the profoundly positive relations between the UK, Pakistan and Commonwealth,” he added.