Initiative: 800 lanterns released in the air for peace

Published: March 24, 2012
Views of the sky lanterns being released. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

Views of the sky lanterns being released. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

Views of the sky lanterns being released. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS
Views of the sky lanterns being released. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The dark sky was lit up as grandiose lanterns floated into the horizon and people below looked on; Islamabad’s skyline could not have looked more beautiful. Youngsters, families and civil society all gathered together to spread one message to the country and the world — peace.

Almost 800 such people came together to purchase a sky lantern and release into the air in front of the Parliament, not only to symbolically spread the message of peace and harmony, but to raise money for a charitable cause — each person purchased the sky lanterns for Rs350, with all revenue generated through these sky lanterns to be forwarded to a non-profit organisation, Radiance.

The organisation aims to develop a school for special children in the outskirts of Islamabad that will caters to their special needs and requirements.

The sky lanterns were made-to-order for this event to ensure that everyone got a chance to individually release one or more in the air.

Muhammad Ibrahim, one of the brains, behind this event, told The Express Tribune that March 23 was the ideal day for such an event. “It’s Pakistan Day, and what better day to spread the message of peace? In these trying times we need to do everything within our capability to create a positive image for our country.”

Many boys and girls could be seen coming to the venue in groups. “Every day we see violence and mayhem on TV; people complain that the youth need to stand up, so here we are for peace,” said Ali, a youngster at the event.

An organiser said that on March 28, cabinet members and parliamentarians will be invited to release sky lanterns inside the parliament grounds.

“We plan on trying to break the world record of the most sky lanterns released in the air soon,” the organiser added.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Mar 24, 2012 - 9:23AM

    Radiance could have used the funds for their real objectives instead of just pouring them into the air. This is the real problem, we don’t really know where to use our funds. If you have lack of funds I think the hard core objectives should be met first and the visibility objectives should be deferred.


  • Mar 24, 2012 - 10:14AM

    If they release emergency lights they can get cure for cancer as well. What a waste.


  • common sense
    Mar 24, 2012 - 11:42AM

    people from all over came and purchased the lanterns which was provided by the organizers NOT the NGO. why dont people read properly anymore? instead of being so quick to critiscize everything why not just appreciate the fact that people came together for a good cause?


  • AM
    Mar 24, 2012 - 11:59AM

    I bet it looked pretty. A lot of ‘developed’ nations celebrate this way. But then again, those nations have already provided for the basic needs of their people. Could have simply used that money to feed and clothe the less fortunate ones. Those lamps went in air and the money just burnt in one night.
    The clothes on the poor’s bodies would have lasted a few months if not years.


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