Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has played doubles against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic during his career. But now, the legend is helping Qureshi as he continues his efforts to ensure that Pakistanis in need receive ration bags during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Qureshi has launched a charity auction, Stars Against Hunger, In conjunction with his foundation, Stop War Start Tennis, to raise funds to provide as many ration bags as possible for daily workers who are unable to work during these difficult times.
“As an athlete, as an athlete, I feel like tennis has given me so much, and that is the way I give back to the community,” Qureshi said. “I have been all over the world, there have been so many people who have touched my heart, and that is why I feel like helping everyone I can in whatever way possible.”
Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Qureshi have all won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award from the ATP. Pakistanis admire all the work done by legends outside the court.
“Every item will be very close to my heart. It will really help me to raise funds here in Pakistan. There is a large population that likes tennis. These people are legends here. Everyone loves them, “Qureshi said. “They are men and humans who cannot be trusted. None of them doubted. The second I asked them if I could use any kind of memorabilia from them, they were happy to send it to me. I cannot thank them enough they … Pakistan cannot thank you enough. “
Other players who have contributed are defending champion Nitto ATP Finals Stefanos Tsitsipas, winner of Nitto ATP Final Grigor Dimitrov, Daniil Medvedev No. 5 World and WTA star Sania Mirza.
Athletes from other sports that have donated memorabilia to the auction are boxers Amir Khan, field hockey player Shahbaz Ahmed, squash player Jahangir Khan and cricket players Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Malik.
To bid on items, you must send an email to the address at low part Stars Against Hunger website. According to Qureshi, the auction will end on May 24. You can also contribute directly to the destination of Qureshi here.
Qureshi, who himself has provided rations, said the bags included flour, rice, oil, seeds, tea, milk and soap, and could feed a family of five. One ration bag costs 3,500 rupees, or around $ 45. The campaign has supported more than 2,000 families in Pakistan.
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