By Susan Schwartz, TMO
The Palestine Childrenâ€™s Relief Fund (PCRF) has announced the attendance of two very special guests at this years banquet/fundraiser. The two sisters, Fatema and Hala, ages 10 and 11, were seriously burned in a house fire in Gaza, Palestine. They are but two of the many children that the PCRF has helped in the long journey from illness and disability along the long road to health with the concurrent ability to lead a normal life. Ahmad Saloul who is 9 years old and is also from Gaza will join them. He is awaiting surgery at Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles.
The event will be held September 24th at the Anaheim Hilton in Anaheim, Ca. Tickets are $100 each with table sponsorships available. To purchase a ticket(s), please call: 562-432-0005 or fax at: 562-684-0828.
The girls will travel to Texas to be treated for their injuries, but only after a trip to Disneyland. They will incur no expenses nor will their families as these expenses will be covered by the PCRF. The Palestine Childrenâ€™s Relief Fund is also proud to announce the featured speaker for the evening, Diana Buttu, a Canadian-Palestinian attorney who has gained international acclaim and respect for her legal work.
Ms Buttuâ€™s accomplishments are many: herewith a few. She is a fellow of the Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. She currently resides in Palestine and served as a legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team. She was the only woman at the Palestine-Israeli negotiations. In 2004 she was part of a team that successfully challenged Israelâ€™s Wall before the International Court of Justice. Ms Bhutto later served as the communications Director to President Abbas and frequently comments on Israeli-Palestinian political matters for media outlets including MSNBC,CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC. Ms Buttu holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Queens University, Stanford University and Northwestern.
She will address the PCRF on the subject of Palestinian statehood. The issue is currently at the top of the news, and her address will coincide with the issue of statehood to be brought up before the United Nations this month.
The PCRF is an internationally acclaimed and honored childrenâ€™s charity, specializing in the Middle East. To find out more, access their web site at: _www.pcrf.net_ (http://www.pcrf.net/)