by Farhana Azim
The Floral Art Society of Pakistan (FASP) organized a national event this year in Islamabad to raise funds for the flood effected people. It consisted of floral exhibits displayed by the members of the four chapters and demonstrations done by members of the FASP Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The theme of the demo was “Unity and peace through The Language of Flowers”.
The Floral Art Society of Pakistan (FASP) is affiliated with the World Association of Flower Arrangers(WAFA). The aim is to promote education, the promotion of floral art and conservation.
We learn through exchange of concepts at the national and international level. We have five chapters in Pakistan in Karachi, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Peshawer and Islamabad. I am currently the President of the Islamabad chapter. We collected nearly 800,000 Rs in this 1 1/2 hr event. The viewing of display was open to public for the day. We plan to use the sum for the rehabilitation of the effective, after assessing their need and providing them with stuff to start their own work. National events take place annually at different chapters, where members compete in arranging flowers, demonstrate , hold workshops and Seminars. Every year we collect funds to aid some charity or the other, so as to make this hobby socially worthwhile as well.
World Floral Shows,and Seminars are held every three years where nearly 500 competitors from 30 countries of the world. Our members are talented and through their creativity have won laurels for the country at national and international events.The 7th World show held in Japan where 13 of our members won prizes. This responsibility is shared by different countries for 4 years and then passed on to the next. Pakistan got the responsibility after Japan from 2005 to 2008. This was then passed on to USA who has it from 2008 to 2011, when they will have the WAFA World Show in Boston June 2011. At least 50 of our members would be competing in the Show. Five demonstrators would be representing their country and I will Inshallah be representing Pakistan at the international demonstration.