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Social Expo ’16 – Sunday comes alive for a good cause

‘Social Expo-2016’, a novel approach, is an initiative taken regularly by Markaz-e-Umeed, a local NGO to bring together a number of NGOs and NPOs from various corners of Pakistan under one roof. The objective of the Social Expo is to show case the distinctive efforts of these organizations for the humanity aimed at enhancing quality of life of the marginalized communities of the society.

The third edition of ‘Social Expo’ was held at December 18, 2016 at Karachi Expo Center under an inspiring theme of ‘Showcasing Social Activism’. SSGC’s Corporate Communication Department proactively supported Markaz-e-Umeed in this venture through complete branding and media coverage of the event. Markaz-e-Umeed’s Director Zeeshan Siddiqui and his team worked hard in putting together a grand show, ably assisted by Corporate Communications’ Head Shahbaz Islam and his team that included Salman A. Siddiqui, DGM, Muhammad Ali Gohar, Chief Manager (Media Relations), Mohammad Safdar, DM (Media Relations) and Farhan Munaf, DM (Advertising) among others.

Senator Nehal Hashmi and President KCCI Mr. Shamim Firpo jointly inaugurated the Social Expo 2016. More than 200 non-profit organizations engaged in serving the humanity participated in the event. On this occasion, accomplished motivational speakers including Shahbaz Islam, Umair Jaliawala and Yogi Wajahat inspired the audience with their mesmerizing and thought provoking words.

During the event, speakers appreciated the thought behind the Expo and congratulated Markaz-e-Umeed and SSGC for continuing with this noble initiative taken first time some four years ago. M. Rizwan Jaffer, renowned anchorperson and Chairman of Youth Parliament was the master of ceremony. Performances from Markaz-e-Umeed special children added an element of fun and festivity for the visitors.

Throughout the day, Hall No. 5 of the Expo Centre remained the hub of activity as scores of corporate sector personnel, and general public visited the booths. For the last one month, 5,000 volunteers from the Youth Parliament ensured impressive participation from multifarious sectors including corporate, government, diplomats, academia, healthcare, media, and others through personal contacts and word of mouth approach.

Awards were given to a number of organizations that have a proud history of serving less privileged ones for a long period of time. The awards were conferred upon WWF-Pakistan, Alamgir Welfare Trust International, LRBT, Saylani Welfare International Trust, The Citizens Foundation, Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation, Ida-Rieu School, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, The Indus Hospital, Edhi Foundation, Darul Sukun, Akhuwat and Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Youth Media Summit encourages new generation to play a positive role through media

The 3rd Transforming Youth Media Summit was held on December 1, 2016 at SSGC’s Head Office auditorium. The theme of the summit revolved around providing career guidance and imparting valuable knowledge about the media industry to the young people. The event was jointly organized by Publicity Channel, Energy Update and SSGC. Experts from media industry, social media, advertising, corporate communications participated in the day long symposium.

The event kicked off with a motivational speech by Muhammad Shahroze, Chairman Training and Development, FPCCI. Shahbaz Islam, Acting General Manager, Corporate Communications also gave an inspirational pep-talk to the audience and students.

The Chief Guest and Former Minister for Information, Javed Jabbar expressed his concern over unchecked and unrestrained freedom to the electronic media in Pakistan. He stressed that media should play an important role in the development of society. The Former Minister urged the students to adopt the habit of reading books instead of just relying on internet and social media to get good grades.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), discussed the future challenges, opportunities and Career Counseling in the field of Mass Communication and Media industry.

Mubashir Zaidi, writer and senior producer at a private news channel, said that in today’s fast paced competitive media landscape anchorpersons and presenters had to use any means to attract the maximum number of viewers to their programmes. He stressed on the point that media industry as a whole should become responsible.

Dr Kaiser Waheed, Chairman Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association, Ruqiya Naeem (Publicity Channel) and Ayesha Khalid, anchorperson also spoke on the occasion. Farhan Munaf, Deputy Manager (CCD) was the master of ceremony.

At the end of the session, Dr. Ejaz Ahmed, ASGM (General Services) along with the chief guest presented mementoes to the speakers. The evening closed with a vote of thanks from Salman Siddiqui, Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications, Sui Southern Gas Company Limited which was followed by a group picture.

Tickles to the Bones – SSGC Women’s Association presents “THE KHAWATOONS”

NEWS On 12 August 2016, SSGC Women Association has launched a Charity-based sponsored event by the name of “The Khawatoons” at SSGC Auditorium, Head Office, Karachi. The Khawatoons is Pakistan’s first all-girls comedy troupe and given tickles to the bones of the audience to consecutive 2 hours. It was a complete laughter therapy through their improvised comedy and left the audience in splits with their boundless hilarity and an extraordinary comic capacity. The funds generated through tickets and sponsors have consumed for the purchase of AMBULANCES for EDHI FOUNDATION. SSGCWA, President, Ms. Asma Butt & Executive Committee, SSGCWA have put in a lot of efforts to support this great cause.
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SSGCWA EID BAZAAR

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SSGC Women Association has organized a vibrant “RAMADAN EID BAZAAR” on 4 July 2016 at SSGC Head Office, Karachi for the families of SSGC Executives and Employees. Renowned Actress Madam Jahan Ara Hai and Master Chef Asad were the Chief Guest of the occasion. It was a fun-filled day with free rides, Nail Art and Candy-floss for the kids. More than 18 Stalls were showcased consisting of Jewellery, Décor, Clothing, Shoes, Artisans, Bags, Perishable & Unperishable Food Items, Eid Cards and a complete fun and frolic experience with Live Music, Games, Lucky Draws and food stalls. Henna Paintings and Live Facials and other services were also offered and add extra happiness to the Eid festives. It was a successful effort by Ms. Asma Butt, President SSGCWA and his Executive Committee Team Members (Shafia Akhter, Farhana Gulmir Khan, Salma Naqvi, Fazila Laiq, Mumtaz Khozaima & Summera Shaheen) and Mohammad Rashid and Muhammad Faraz Ameen in support.

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Youth Mentoring Programme R.I.S.E. (Revealing Individual Strengths for Excellence)

On June 22-23, 2016. SSGC Women Association has successfully organized a youth mentoring programme R.I.S.E. (Revealing Individual Strengths for Excellence) for the children of SSGC employees.

During the two day event 124 youngsters have been mentored and sessions consisting of Vision of Pakistan, Self awareness, Health and Wellbeing, physical, emotional and mental, Financial Literacy, Futuristic vision, Social Skills were covered with fun games, activities, hidden talents and photoshoots.

The Managing Director, Senior Management had also attended the event along with Honourable Guests/ Mentors Mr. Shahbaz Islam, Ms. Humaira Bachal, Ms. Nadia Hussain, Mr. Yogi Wajahat, Mr. Raju Jamil and President, SSGCWA Ms. Asma Butt.

SSGC signs MoUs with 5 Non-Profit organizations

NEWS SSGC signs MoUs with 5 Non-Profit organizations, distributed cheques to 13 CSR collaborate partners
‘Sustainability and proactive mindset driving forces for CSR successes’ says MD SSGC

Khalid Rahman, MD, SSGC has said that sustainability is a driving force in making a marked difference in the lives of the marginalized communities. He was speaking after a MoU signing ceremony for SSGC’s CSR initiatives (2014-15) held at the Head Office auditorium on June 9, 2015. The MD, SSGC inked the MoUs with respective representatives of five leading organizations in education and health sector including IBA Karachi, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro, Quaid-e-Awam University of Science and Technology (QUEST) Nawabshah, Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centres in Gwadar and Mirpurkas and Al-Hijrah Schools, Ziarat.

The MoU signing ceremony marked implementation phase of the Company’s CSR initiatives in the areas of education and health. In the case of IBA Karachi, MUET, QUEST and Al-Hijrah Schools, SSGC will provide scholarships for students in different disciplines for the period of four years while the Company’s monetary support to the two branches of MALC will help the disease control center in running its operations more effectively.

Exchange of MoU documents was followed by cheque distribution ceremony during which the MD, SSGC distributed cheques to thirteen other CSR collaborators with SSGC. They include Sindh University of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT Sukkur), The Hunar Foundation, Fatimid Foundation Kidney Centre, Quetta, Omair Sana Foundation, Children Cancer Hospital, Poor Patient Aid Society, Child Aid Association (NICH Karachi), WWF-Pakistan, Thal Limited, SoS Village, Make-a-wish Foundation and Markaz-e-Umeed. The collaborations with these NGOs will be focused towards supporting them in meeting their medical needs in the form of equipments and environment conservation support, as in the case of WWF-Pakistan through its beach clean activities and Thal Limited in the creation of bio-degradable shopping bags.

The event was marked by the presence of two renowned social workers Mr. Ansar Burney of Ansar Burney Trust and Dr. Ruth Pfau, founder of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre. Both these figures who have spent their lifetime serving the humanity congratulated SSGC for causing a significant difference to the lives of under-privileged population not just through a supply of gas but through CSR projects in Sindh and Balochistan. The audience gave a standing ovation to the two social workers for their selfless commitment towards the society.

Earlier, Shahbaz Islam, Head of Corporate Communications, SSGC gave a comprehensive presentation to the audience about the CSR initiatives in the Company. Salman A. Siddiqui, DGM (Corporate Communications) presented a vote of thanks.

Meanwhile while talking to the newsmen, the MD said the Company will focus on encouraging schemes for provision of clean drinking water and bio-mass conversion process to useful energy since a large number of population stands to benefit from such schemes. He said that SSGC will attempt to develop a more proactive mindset to make a tangible contribution towards communities in need.
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‘THE SMALLEST COFFINS ARE THE HEAVIEST TO CARRY’

NEWSThe dastardly attack of December 16, 2014 was so horrifying that the mind struggles to come to terms with it.  Terrorists massacred in cold blood more than 130 children and staff members of the Army Public School in Peshawar, leaving the entire nation in an unprecedented shock and grief.  The collosal tragedy also unified the nation, making it even more united and determined to crush the militants.

Like all Pakistanis, each and every employee of SSGC felt this pain as if it was his or her own personal loss. To express their solidarity with the families of the victims, the management, executives and staff offered Fateha and special prayers at the Company’s Head Office building. Shoaib Warsi, MD, SSGC led the prayers inseeking mercy and forgiveness for those who left this world in this horrifying episode. Qari Rais Ahmed (CRD) offered special prayers.  Hundreds of hands were raised in unison in front of the Almighty Allah for the young people whose deaths will strike a collective psychological blow that the country will take a long time to recover from. Prayers were also offered for the quick recovery of the son of Major (R ) Naseem, who  suffered bullet injuries during the attack. Muhammad Ali Gohar, CM (CCD) conducted the sombre proceedings.

 To pay homage to the innocent martyrs of the Army Public School’s students and teachers, a candlelight vigil was arranged at the Company’s head office podium on December 18, 2014. The vigil was arranged by SSGCWA’s President Ms. Asma Butt and her team.   With the atmosphere still reeling with sadness, the senior management, executives and staff gathered to light the candles at the stairs and reaffirmed their commitment to stand by the families of the innocent victims. On this occasion MD, Mr. Shoaib Warsi, Major Mohammad Akhtar (R), SGM (MS) joined other members of the SSGC team in praying for the innocent victims and their families.

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FATEHA

NEWSThe Managing Director of SSGC Shoaib Warsi offering ‘fateha’ for the departed souls of martyred children and staff members of Army Public School, Peshawar along with the senior management, officers and staff of the organization at company’s head office.

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IT Lions roar; wins SSGC Sports Festival 2014

NEWSKarachi May 18, 2014: SSGC Sports Festival 2014 started with a bang and ended with a bigger bang with a glittering Award Ceremony held on Saturday May 17, 2014 at SSGC’s Karachi Terminal ground. One of the Company’s eight inter-divisional teams, IT Lions headed the points table by winning the most number of medals. Last year’s Champions MS Kangaroos came in a close second while Finance Falcons secured the third spot.

While addressing the Company executives who since the last one month had participated in more than 24 sports in Karachi, chief guest Zuhair Siddiqui, MD, SSGC hailed their competitive spirit and a brilliant show of camaraderie throughout the festival. He added that sports were an ultimate leveler that can cultivate a sense of togetherness and this Festival demonstrated plenty of unity. The MD especially congratulated Project lead Shahbaz Islam, DGM (Corp. Communications/Organization Development) and his team for putting together a spectacular sports extravaganza.

Earlier, in his address, Yusuf J. Ansari, DMD (Corporate Services) and Sr. Vice President SSGC Sports Board expressed his hope that the Company employees will be able to demonstrate the same determination and will to win that they have shown during the festival, in their day jobs. Sui Southern Officers Association’s General Secretary Shahabuddin Siddiqui, and President Irfan Ali Jafri in their addresses, congratulated the organizers for arranging a spectacular sporting event and added that SSGOA had chipped in to co-organize this Award Ceremony to acknowledge the participating team’s performances and provide the Company employees and their families with quality entertainment.

Project Lead Shahbaz Islam thanked the media for giving the 4-week Festival extensive coverage, sponsors for their monetary support as well as all the departments inside the Company for their respective support. During the Award Ceremony, SSGC’s executives presented comedy skits that met with tremendous applause from the audience.

After dinner some of the country’s leading musicians including Mohammad Ali Shayaki and Hasan Jehangir entertained the audience with their popular songs while the comedians brought the house down with jokes and humor.

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