Family members of the staff of the Canadian High Commission in Dhaka raised funds for acid survivors and child cancer patients on Friday, through a rickshaw race event in front of the high commission in the city’s Baridhara. Proceeds from the day’s festivities – Third Rickshaw Relay Challenge-2015 – were donated to charities World Child Cancer and Acid Survivors Foundation. The three-hour long rickshaw relay pit teams of four against each other in a quest for ‘pedal-powered pride’, including an award for best costume.
Canadian High Commissioner to Dhaka, Benoît-Pierre Laramée, said Canadians got together for the fun event for an excellent cause. ‘This is a wonderful event that supports an excellent cause — working in support of acid survivors and cancer affected children’, he said. Executive director of Acid Survivors Foundation, Selina Ahmed, thanked the Canadians for supporting and combating violence against women.