WHEN an earthquake rocked Haiti, she organized a fundraiser that collected close to $20,000. When flooding devastated Pakistan, where her family comes from, she put on an event that raised $16,000.
When news of the famine in East Africa spread, university student Rana Bokhari expected someone would step forward.
“I was waiting for someone else to do something,” said the third-year law student. “Nobody did, so I took it upon myself.”
In a couple of weeks, she scrambled with her brothers, Syed and Moe Bokhari, to organize a fundraising concert for East Africa famine relief. It’s this Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Assiniboine Park’s Lyric Theatre.
Ingrid D. Johnson & the Funky Crew, Ismailia Alfa, Magnum KI, the Black out City Kids, DJ Co-Op, Flo, the After Party and Bubba B the MC will be performing.
Funds raised will go to the Mennonite Central Committee and the Red Cross African relief efforts.
All the donations collected at the concert will be matched by the federal government.
“We took a leap of faith and are hoping people will come out,” said Bokhari. They’re selling concert Tshirts, food and drinks and hoping people will donate whatever they can, she said.
“A loonie, a toonie, whatever anyone can provide.”