Indus Motor Company (IMC) under its social responsibility banner, “Concern Beyond Cars”, gifted 10 electric wheelchairs to HANDS Pakistan at a small ceremony held at the latter’s head office in Gadap. The assistive devices were handed over by IMC’s Asad Abdullah, Head of CSR and Corporate Communication, to CEO HANDS, Mr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed.
HANDS Pakistan is amongst the top not-for-profit organisations in the country, delivering services to the society’s less fortunate in areas spanning health, education, livelihood, water, sanitation, infrastructure, and disaster risk reduction.
IMC’s CEO Ali Asghar Jamali commented,” ‘Mobility for All’ is Toyota’s transformational vision of the future as a mobility company pursuing ways to provide inclusive and accessible mobility options to the greatest number of people. HANDS over the decades has been doing a wonderful job, of uplifting communities across the country. Our small gesture will help empower our differently-abled brothers and sisters at the ‘HANDS Independent Living Centre’, to overcome accessibility challenges and lead relatively more independent lives. We believe in creating a more inclusive environment and as a testimony to that, we have recently taken on board Mr Niaz Malik, as our Ambassador for Road Safety, who survived a near-fatal road accident that left him paralyzed but what an inspiration he is. I feel that the only strong disability is the ability to accept and respect differences.”
Speaking fondly about the collaboration, CEO HANDS Pakistan, Sheikh Tanveer Ahmed said, “We thank IMC in aiding our mission to enable services and advocacy for people with disabilities to live independently in the community.” He further stated, “We do so by providing everything from skills and travel training to advocacy and providing an enabling atmosphere — anything that helps a disabled person to be independent.”
The HANDS Independent Living Centre (HILC) is an advanced facility and unique resource for PWDs, managed and operated by the differently-abled themselves. The donation to HILC by IMC is just one of multiple exercises aimed at improving the livelihood of communities across the country.