WEB DESK: Lyari is stepping out as sports hub for Karachi rather than gang violence. With slogan as ‘one champ at a time’ Lyari is fighting resistance for its first women boxing coach camp.
Organizer of crowd financing titled ‘Pakistan’s first all-girl boxing club’ was to raise $2850 (Rs300,000) for the all-girl boxing team in Lyari. The fundraiser online just surpassed the original goal and raised $2977 (Rs313,999). Including cash donations, the total is $3545 (Rs373,999), updated Sanam Meher, organizer of the fundraiser on the website.
According to Maher, any previous attempts to bring female players into sports like boxing or hockey, cricket, tennis and football have been met with fierce resistance, but this training program is hoping to counter that resistance, one champ at a time.
Earlier this month, news broke of a clash on a university campus in Karachi when a religio-political student activist group allegedly attacked some female students for playing cricket, and the camp’s organizers wanted to avoid any such incidents.
“People get brainwashed and get stuck on details such as a male coach teaching a group of girls or what the girls are wearing while they are training,” said Mohammad Hussain Qambrani, the coach’s brother and president of the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club.
“We wanted to make sure we account for this culture and don’t give such people something to complain about.”
“Female boxers or pugilists take part in competitions all over the world, but ever since the Pakistan Boxing Federation was formed in 1948, we have never had a program for women,” explained SBA secretary Asghar Baloch.
Crowd financing has become a fast tool in raising money for causes which are not in lime light. It boasted in Pakistan with Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York.
During his short visit he captured breathtaking images of our countrymen and came to light a story that was gut wrenching. It was the story of a female activist who is fighting against bonded labour.
Stanton set up an account for Syeda Ghulam Fatima, titled ‘Let’s help Fatima end bonded labour’, raising $1,302,440 for the Bonded Labor Liberation Front in just three days.
With celebrities, Literary people and politicians promoting the cause, the fundraiser is still open for donation.
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