Getz Pharma, in its continuous efforts to encourage the pursuit of learning and literature, participated in the 8th Karachi Literature Festival 2017, organized by Oxford University Press. The three day event, held at Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi from February 10-12, 2017, featured renowned local and international authors and leaders in talks and interviews, panel discussions, readings, book discussions and book launches.
Among the various literary award categories at the event, Getz Pharma was a proud sponsor of multiple awards. One was the Eqbal Ahmed Center for Public Education (EACPE) Video Competition 2016, themed ‘Making Change in Pakistan – What Works, What Doesn’t.’ The competition encourages aspiring videographers and enthusiasts to make short videos on important social issues of Pakistan. A panel of judges selected from the areas of education, literature, and art, judge the videos and three winning entries are screened at the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF). Winners were presented with awards by Mr. Khalid Mahmood, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Getz Pharma, who attended the event to boost the confidence of the winners and encourage newcomers to participate and showcase their talent in the arts. The awarded videos can be viewed at: http://eacpe.org/video-contest-2016-the-winners/
Getz Pharma also sponsored the KLF Fiction Prize, awarded to Mr. Omar Shahid Hamid for his book ‘The Spinner’s Tale’. This prize aims to promote fiction written in English by Pakistani or Pakistani-origin authors. The book is a detailed account of the life of the fictional Sheikh Ahmed Uzair Sufi and what motivated him to commit crimes he did.
Getz Pharma’s association with the esteemed KLF, is a part of its CSR initiatives which the company takes to improve societal concerns like education and health for underprivileged, art, culture and heritage, and environment. By collaborating with KLF, we encourage young talent to come forward and showcase their skills and passion in the field of education, literacy and arts.