A Remarkable Story of Waqas Ahmed and Pace2Life:
Waqas chairman Pace 2 Life foundation, have a great story for his struggles; however ,he says he faced many hurdles during his youth when he tried to get education in formal schools, despite his full mental capacity and willingness, rejection for his CP condition made him more committed to his vision of helping people with disability !
Waqas himself never felt disabled, due to his very own positive thinking and a very supportive friends and family especially his maternal grandfather Late Mr Hifz- ur -Rehman who was an educationist never gave up on him and provided him education !
About Waqas Ahmed:
Waqas Ahmed is not an ordinary young man, He was born healthy but later showed signs of #Cerebral Palsy . Thirty years ago awareness about #CP was even worst, as he was living in a village things got more delayed . Growing up Waqas never received proper diagnosis or intervention for speech, vocational or physio therapy, he even did not receive any diagnosis for #CP or Ataxia. He is an exception, and a born leader. He turned his setbacks into stepping stones for his cause,but he wants things to get easier for people with disabilities all over #Pakistan. He started his work with his friends from Government College Lahore and founded Pace 2 Life welfare foundation.
Waqas is a young celebrity from Lahore to Balakot ( his beautiful ancestral town) and around Government College Lahore, his Alma-mater. He has been to many TV shows, and has been interviewed many times , met few important government personalities and amazed them with his personality. He is an exceptional young man, who fought disability with his cool and positive attitude. Now from last eight years he is successfully running a true non- for profit organisation Pace 2 Life .org as a Chairman. He is inspiring people with his leadership and focus, He is a very progressive mind , needs meaningful encouragement to continue his cause of helping those who can't ask for help.
Waqas Ahmed and his friends via P2L are doing some great work, all their efforts are volunteer based, and powered by sheer passion and commitment of young students of GC and around it. Most their fundraising is done by these volunteer students and no foreign funding is involved.
- P2L distributes free wheelchairs, crutches, and customised tricycles to disabled on request.
- Connects deprived to resources they need.
- They also reach out to public in every disaster situations.
- Now they have another feather in their cap, as they started a disabled women's vocational school in Gojra to enable them to support themselves.
- At P2L they deliver free medical camps in rural and rural urban areas all over Pakistan.
- P2L have an ambulance on their name, which is a great achievement , and they plan to use it for public service.