The first official gala dinner for The ZB Foundation took place on the 12th October 2017. Held at the renowned Marriot Hotel, Islamabad, dignitaries from all walks of life, including, government, celebrities, diplomats, business people and the medical community, all came together to honor a new cause that aims to change the lives of every newborn baby born in Pakistan.

New Born Screening (heel prick test) is and should be a birthright for every single baby born in this world. In the developed world, it is taken for granted; new parents most of the time don’t even know that their little babies had tiny drops of blood taken from their heels and that the blood was tested as a precaution against numerous metabolic and health disorders in order to make sure the baby is healthy and not at a health disadvantage from day 1. The ZB Foundation is based on a simple premise: to give every baby born in Pakistan the right to a heel prick test. Babies born in Pakistan have every reason to expect the same rights as do babies that are born in Dubai, London, USA or Tokyo.

Sponsored by Nutricia, Unilever – Lifebuoy and the Hashoo Group, The ZB Foundation Gala Dinner not only raised awareness regarding this critical baby issue but also brought to attention how a grassroots effort can make a change and positively impact the healthcare sector of Pakistan. Guests included:

Mr Ashtar Ausuf Ali the Attorney General of Pakistan, Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Mrs Tehmina Janjua, Mr. Richard Crowder Deputy High Commissioner & Mrs Hilary Crowder British High Commission, Ambassador Tariq Osman Hyder, Mr & Mrs Saad Mahmud Embassy of France, HE Mr Ivan Ivanissevic Ambassador of Argentina, HE Mr Tore Nedrebo Ambassador of Norway.

Awards were given on the night in recognition of all the key sponsors, donors, board members and partners that have allowed The ZB Foundation to grow and establish a nascent newborn screening infrastructure. Presented by The ZB Foundation Chairman, Mr. Ali Javed Naqvi with a special token of gratitude given to Mr. & Mrs. Hashwani of the Hashoo Group in recognition of their special support for the cause and the evening’s event.

A successful auction presided over by the entertaining Mr. Omar Satti and the beautiful and glamorous Ms. Cybil Chaudhary, engaged the delighted crowd with an eclectic mix of art, sports, and fashion items, raising significant funding for the ZB Foundation. People from the business and diplomatic community dug into their pockets to bid for items such as a series of art paintings by Fatima Munir , a signed Imran Khan Cricket bat – donated by Shyam Bhatia of Alam Steel, A set of six silkscreening painting by Iranian artist Sahand Hesamiyan donated by Third Line Art Gallery in Dubai, a trendy jacket by Sania Maskatiya in a soft pink colour with beautiful hand embroidery and dazzling pearl and gemstone embellishments to name a few.

All in all, a successful and entertaining night with all invited guests walking away with a new-found appreciation for a worthwhile cause.

A Special Thank you goes too:

The ZB Foundation Team, Saima Khan (Board Director) Sarah Gothard (Trustee) Anissa Punjani, Sehr Amjad Ismail, Mariya Kassam, Natasha Lakhani, Dr. Rashid Amjad, Mrs. Maliha Amjad, Mr. Tariq Osman Hyder and Mrs. Rehanna Hyder.

The team at The Marriott Hotel Islamabad and Sumeria and Murtaza Hashwani for their generous hospitality.