“Whenever it comes to true social work or charity, I know no better organisation than Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Pakistan. You guys are doing a great job.”
Faraz UlHaq is your average Civil Engineer from Kettering, and a proud father of two. But just last week he did something life changing. Faraz ran 10k at the Milton Keynes Festival of Running on the 3rd of March, completing his run in 1 hour and 2 minutes. In the process he raised over £1800 towards providing free treatment for poor cancer patients in Pakistan.
“I am a cricketer and not runner,” says Faraz, “In fact, running never fascinated me before. So this was my first ever 10K run. But now that I’ve done it, I’d like to continue doing similar in the future.”
Faraz started training in October 2015, but for the cricket the season. “While I was at it, I thought it would be good to book an event and run for my hero Imran Khan’s great cause.” He explains. “Now that I’ve completed the 10K run, a half marathon is my next target. Again, there is only one name I have in mind, Imran Khan.”
A die hard Imran Khan fan, Faraz has been supporting IKCA in a personal capacity for many years, but this was his first effort at fundraising through a challenge. “Whenever it comes to true social work or charity, I know no better organisation than Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Pakistan,” he says. “You guys are doing a great job.
When asked if there were any moments during the run when he felt he couldn’t go on much longer, Faraz says there weren’t. “I enjoyed every bit of the run, and it never once crossed my mind that I could not complete it. However, I can say that support from my friends, and their donations to the cause, definately kept me going. But above all, I had my lovely wife, my son and daughter waiting for me at the finish line. That was the most important thing.”
You can show your support for Faraz by donating to IKCA through his JustGiving fundraising page.Back to Our Stories