I Am Karachi presented, the first I AM KARACHI Awards to honor the contribution of the city’s “unrecognized heroes” at Frere Hall on the occasion of the second official I AM Karachi Day on March 26th.
According to a press release, “the inaugural I AM KARACHI AWARDS recognize visionary individuals who have shown inspirational resilience, hope, pride and determination.”
The event also featured Sounds of Kolachi, Sara Haider, Zoe Viccaji and traditional singers.
President of IAMKARACHI Jameel Yusuf described IAM KARACHI DAY as a “celebration of the success of the city’s resilient spirit” and announced that the awards will be given out throughout the course of the year.
I AM KARACHI DAY ceremonies were hosted by Karachi icons Deepak Perwani and Atiya Khan who discussed the necessity of a diverse culture in a mega-city like Karachi.
This was followed by Vice President of Society for I AM KARACHI, Amin Hashwani who announced the official launch of a city wide I AM KARACHI Sports Festival that will begin next month.
Founding member Ms. Rumana Hussain also announced the launch of a new wave of I AM KARACHI ‘Walls of Peace’ – where young artists cover hateful graffiti with their artistic creations to reclaim public space.
Commissioner Karachi Asif Hyder Shah praised spirit of citizenship and said only if the citizens of Karachi will stand united, only then there is there hope for a prosperous Sindh and eventually a flourishing Pakistan.
The celebration follows a ‘Karachi Matters Week’ drive to boost citizen participation conducted across the city. Partners of IAK and volunteer groups conducted over thirty workshops, art projects, and social innovation activities in various neighborhoods.
Published in Dawn on March 31, 2016