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Telenor Pakistan and Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) inaugurate Khuddar Pakistan Blind Cricket Talent Hunt?

Islamabad: 5th October 2009. Telenor Pakistan and Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) jointly inaugurated the Khuddar Pakistan Blind Cricket Talent Hunt? on 5th October 2009 at KPI stadium Karachi. The talent hunt is part of the efforts geared toward social inclusion of blind persons under Khuddar Pakistan program. The program will also help identify raw talent that can be trained for future prospects.

Through this program, Telenor Pakistan and PBCC are hoping to facilitate the blind with personal benefits such as fitness, stress relief, resilience, discipline, team work and leadership opportunities.

In his message at the inauguration, Director Corporate Communication and Responsibility, Telenor Pakistan Syed Hasnat Masood, said, Cricket is one game that is a part of our national spirit. To us this also represents one of the best opportunity areas for mainstreaming the talent among blind community. The way our national blind cricket team has performed in the past truly epitomizes the true spirit of Khuddar Pakistan. Through this talent hunt, we are hoping to inspire belief in other members of blind community which will help them create a world of possibilities for themselves?

Chairman PBCC, Syed Sultan Shah appreciated Telenor Pakistans support and said, the event besides contributing to physical fitness, posture and mobility of the blind will also enable the society to see a non-stereotypical image of blind people which is not only positive but also action oriented? He further added that the other important aspect of the program is to seek the potential players which may represent Pakistan in future? He trusted that Telenor Pakistan will continue its support for the promotion of the great game of Cricket.

The talent hunt will spread over two phases. The first phase from 5th October 2009 - 24th October 2009 will be covering northern, central and southern region of the country.

Also, a winter training camp will be set up by PBCC by the end of December 2009 for the training of the selected students from phase one of the talent hunt. These students will be trained by national level coaches and physical trainers. Representatives from PBCC will visit public and private institutes of the visually handicapped and will select a minimum of 40 students for the training camp.

Telenor Khuddar Pakistan? initiative aims to create dignified opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and become the most disabled-friendly organization in Pakistan in terms of employment, service, and community support. Telenor Pakistan will integrate persons with disabilities fully into the organization, create awareness about their abilities, and include them fully into everyday life with the help of assistive technologies.

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