With the Boston Marathon a few days away, the three runners on the first-ever AKF Run Team have been hard at work -- not only training for the intense 26.2 mile race they’ll be running on Monday, but also working to reach their fundraising goals. Now the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) team got another boost for the last leg: recognition of Sulfyna Murji by the marathon’s organizers for individual fundraising prowess. Sulfyna set herself a very high bar: to raise over $1,000 per mile, for a total of $26,200. By April 17, not only had she met that goal, but surpassed it to raise over $27,000! John Hancock, the marathon’s sponsor, contacted Sulfyna to acknowledge her achievement – she ranks as one of the Top 20 Fundraisers for the entire marathon.
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THE BOSTON MARATHON
The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. is honored to be a partner charity for the 2014 Boston Marathon. The three members of the AKF Run Team inspire us everyday with their dedication to both our work and their training. Amira Valliani, Richard Prevost, and Sulfyna Murji have committed to our mission and able to raise $10,000 each for AKF USA projects in Africa and Asia. Learn more about the AKF Run Team members in our video blog series, which you can check out on our YouTube channel. Be sure to show your support today!
On Monday, April 21, 2014, three runners in the Boston Marathon will race to raise funds to help end global poverty. The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. is honored to be a partner charity for the 2014 Boston Marathon. The tragedy that occurred at the 2013 marathon spurred a wave of solidarity with the people of Boston and renewed public commitment to defusing the causes of extremism. As an organization inspired by the universal principles of pluralism, compassion and human dignity, the Foundation works to end poverty and strengthen the fabric of civil society, often in places where it has been torn by conflict. The Foundation works for the common good of all citizens, regardless of their gender, origin or religion. For the AKF Run Team, running 26.2 miles through Boston is a chance to embody that commitment.
The Aga Khan University (AKU) clinical laboratories have introduced an automated hematology system, the first of its kind in Pakistan. The new automated equipment having a capacity to test 150 samples per hour has not only enhanced the accuracy of results but also increased the turnaround. According to Dr. Mohammad Khurshid, Professor of Hematology, initiation of advanced automated services in hematology at AKU will provide patients with rapid results of their tests and assist physicians to interpret results in light of more reliable clinical information.
Today 144 golfers took a swing at ending global poverty by raising $180,000 net in the annual Houston Partnership Golf tournament at the Redstone Club in Houston. The Houston Partnership Golf tournament is an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia. One hundred percent of all donations and net proceeds from the tournament go directly to projects supported by the AKF USA; not a cent is spent on administration.