What is the Tuk Tuk March and why did celebrities take part in it?

Published 29 Mar, 2021 05:53pm

Irfan Ul Haq

Mahira, Wasim Akram, Humayun Saeed and Feroze Khan were some of the big names who went on a rickshaw ride this Sunday.

Did you see pictures and videos on social media of a host of local celebrities together at People's Square in Karachi's Saddar? They were at NOWPDP's Tuk Tuk March to empower people with disabilities and encourage them to pursue their rights to work and mobility.

Fashion designer, TV show host, director, and actor HSY hosted the March as NOWPDP's goodwill ambassador on Sunday to celebrate the right to livelihood and transport of people with disabilities.

As part of the initiative, a group of people with disabilities have been given customised rickshaws that they can drive to make money.

The event kickstarted with an introduction by Omair Ahmad, the executive director of NOWPDP, followed by a talkshow style panel discussion by HSY. Participants of the Tuk Tuk March included Mahira Khan, Wasim Akram, Sanam Saeed, Maya Ali, Ayesha Omer, Humayun Seed, Feroze Khan and Bilal Ashraf.

NOWPDP’s trainees gave the ‘Friends of NOWPDP’ their rickshaw-themed coloured bandanas as tokens of appreciation. After being presented with their bandanas, the stars were then invited to pledge to a NOWPDP project of choice.

This was followed by a tuk tuk drive around People’s Square.

HSY has a rich history of working with the organisation with the aim of empowering people with disabilities. He is committed to promoting the NOWPDP mandate of inclusivity and has also visited NOWPDP House multiple times to give motivational sessions.