This Friday, kites will paint the sky over Hooker fields as students have the opportunity to support flood relief efforts in Pakistan.
The UNC Pakistan Society (PakSoc) will hold the Basant Kite Flying Festival, a celebration of the arrival of spring through the flying traditional Pakistani kites on the Field from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. Students will also be able to play frisbee, tug-of-war, badminton and more during the event.
PakSoc will donate 15 percent of Basant festival ticket sales to support flood relief in Pakistan from severe monsoons this past summer.
“One-third of the country has been submerged by the flooding, and that's around 33 million people being affected,” Shehzil Abdul Rahim, president of PakSoc, said.
She also said it's important for attendees of the event to recognize the cause behind the festival.
“As college students, there's only so much we can do at moments,” Rahim said. “The importance is not only bringing your community together but having a purpose. Yes, we're going to have fun at Basant, but underneath that fun, there's a reason behind it.”
Sophomore Rayaan Bashir, the outreach chairperson for PakSoc, said although the club hosted a flood relief fundraiser last August, conditions in Pakistan have only worsened, and communities there continue to struggle.
Last semester's event, the Mehndi Ki Raat festival, honored Pakistani traditions and featured henna tattoos, dance performances and food boards.
“30 percent of our sales went to flood relief,” PakSoc Events Coordinator Aleena Islam said. “I think this semester, we're really just trying to kind of continue that theme of advocating for Pakistani issues and doing our part to give back to Pakistan.”