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16
Sep
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Day 5, Cast iron gut

The guys in the group can’t believe the sort and amount of food I eat here – yesterday at the Deputy Commissioners house – a minced meat dish was passed around and after seeing the local animals – all the rest of the group just stirred it and passed it on. I ate the lot – the local cuisine is lovely, flavoursome and can never be described as boring. Read more »

16
Sep
bankers trip day 5 ivor at the hospital site

Day 5, Overestimating

You never want to underestimate things. It is always better to overestimate. Include in this the amount of work and money required to help the poor and disaster stricken people of Pakistan.

On the hospital site yesterday we witnessed some of the site workers cutting steal rods – I said to Ifti Ali, “Measure twice – cut once!” If you really wanted to drive home your point you could add “Mistakes should be to overestimate”. Read more »

16
Sep
ivor otoole

Ivor O’Toole’s diary first installment, day 2

My name is Ivor OToole – i work as a Credit and Bond Broker in London in a comfortable world so far removed from the places that I have been brought to here.

I think we all have a humanitarian side and I think we forget that mankind got to where it is today by everybody helping each other – I think that gets lost when people bring race, colour or creed into the equation – this is wrong! Read more »

15
Sep
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Day 7, Final day and impressive people

Well they say that all good things come to an end.

I came to Pakistan to make sure the money we raised for MDAUK would is being spent properly. We came to help with the distribution of food and supplies. Finally we came to see what other projects our money should be spent on to have the best affect and give the most help to the people here. Read more »

15
Sep
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Day 6, Mirpur musings

I am sitting in the front garden of Dr Javed’s (who is an MDAUK executive member) in Mirpur having tea and writing this blog – the hospitality has been overwhelming, Dr Javed rang whilst we were at dinner to say hello.

 

Pakistani people go out of their way to make you feel welcome – and they remind me so much of how I grew up in Ireland. Read more »

15
Sep
bankers trip day 5 ivor in car

Day 5, Strap yourself in

We arrived in Islamabad at around 09.30am after slightly delayed flight from Karachi. The purpose of this leg of our trip is to look at MDAUKs biggest project which is the building of a hospital in Muzzaffarabad close to the epicentre of the recent devastating earthquake in 2005 Read more »

14
Sep
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Day 4, The greater of two goods?

We visited two villages that were devastated by the floods in a entourage of cars accompanied by the Secretariat for the area. The purpose of this visit was to maybe choose one as a candidate for MDAUK funds. The funds would be used to completely rebuild the village along the lines of a modern layout that MDAUK has all the plans for. Read more »

14
Sep
bankers trip day 2 iftikhar ali and ivor otoole

Ivor O’Toole’s diary day 3

Today we went to a university hospital and visited children on the wards – we discretely gave the families money as it was hard not to.

We travelled on to a vaccination camp and prepared the needles for the doctors to vaccinate 200 kids against typhoid – we then walked around the camp – on our exit one of our group caused mayhem by getting some sweets in the shop and giving them to the kids. Read more »

14
Sep
bankers trip day 2 lorry

Day 2, Driving in Karachi

To the left to the right … Step it up…..step it up….alright!
When I arrived in Karachi apart from witnessing the vibrancy and how busy the place is – the one biggest thing I noticed was the driving and the types of vehicles.

I am a motorcar and motorbike nut and one of my first memories of a car was my families Mark 1 Toyota Corolla – it was an Irish shamrock colour – as I grew up the memory faded as I got to see less and less of them on the roads but how that memory is alive and well again now – thanks to Karachi!!

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