Updated: UHD Hosts Media Kick-Off for Partnership Walk of Houston
Over 120 people filled the UHD Willow Street Pump Station last week for the media kick-off of the Partnership Walk of Houston and the Citizenship Month initiative.
The Aga Khan Foundation Partnership Walk's goal is to raise awareness and funds to reduce poverty, illness, illiteracy and overall poor health in Africa and Asia.
In addition to the Aga Khan Foundation, organizations in attendance included the Sister Cities of Houston, the Texas-French Alliance for the Arts, the Consular Ladies Club of Houston, the Houston Food Bank, Harmony Schools, as well as representatives from the Houston Independent School District, the University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston, Rice University and Houston Community College.
Distinguished guests included Citizenship Month co-chairs Dr. Noël Bezette-Flores, executive director of the UHD Center for Public Service and Family Strengths, and Claudia Ortega-Hogue, southwest regional director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, as well as Aftab Ghesani, president of His Highness the Aga Khan Council for the Southwestern United States, Mohammed Ashraf Ramji, national vice chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation, First Lady of Houston Kathy Hubbard, and Juan Carreon, assistant vice president for public affairs of Union Pacific Railroad.
Guests enjoyed performances by Tropical Rhythms and others, food and a presentation by Suleman Lalani, regional chair of Partnerships in Action, regarding the Nov. 2 Partnership Walk.
UHD President William Flores, offered a welcome to guests and noted, "Citizenship Month is a call to service, it is an invitation for the citizens of Houston to come together to transform our city through volunteerism into the best city in America. We plant trees, collect food and clothing for the hungry and poor, register voters, and raise money for schools, the arts, and nonprofits. Through citizenship we build. This is our city and what you do every day makes it better through your service.
"But also, each of us gains through our service and our giving. Serving others helps us find our passion, energizes us, enriches the soul, and gives our lives purpose."
This event is part of the City of Houston's Citizenship Month, for which UHD is a primary sponsor, and was coordinated by the UHD Center for Public Service and Family Strengths.