Toronto – World-renowned Pakistani cricket superstar and longtime philanthropist, Shahid Afridi visited City Hall last week to meet with Mayor John Tory and Councillor Neethan Shan.
Afridi is visiting Toronto in order to connect and engage meaningfully with South Asian Canadian communities. He is promoting awareness around the work of his not-for-profit organization as well as highlighting the growing interest in cricket in Toronto and Canada. Founded in 2014, the Shahid Afridi Foundation provides healthcare and education facilities, such as water wells, schools, and hospitals, to some of Pakistan’s most underserved communities.
“As Toronto’s only South Asian Councillor, I am honoured to receive Shahid Afridi here at our City Hall. Afridi is not only a cricket champion but a dedicated humanitarian. He has a deep sense of compassion which allows him to serve his fellow human beings with generosity”, said Councillor Shan.
“We are growing as a cricket playing nation in Canada. We have a very diverse Canadian cricket team made up of players with origins from all parts of the world. So when we bring cricket into Toronto, it actually reflects what Toronto is all about,” Shan added.
“Afridi’s participation in this visit is actually giving additional momentum for our attempt to bring more cricket facilities and resources for young men and women who play this beautiful sport”, Councillor Shan said.