Karachi: In light of Ronak Lakhani’s selfless services to differently-abled persons, the government has honored her with Sitara-e-Imtiaz. This achievement is the Third highest award given to any civilian in the country based on one’s extraordinary achievement.
She is one of the pioneers when it comes to social causes, she has dedicated most of her life in serving the humanity and she is the best candidate for this prestigious award. Ronak Lakhani has been the force behind Special Olympics Pakistan, in transforming the lives of people with Intellectual Disabilities bringing them into the mainstream society through Inclusion and ‘Power of Sports’.
Ms Lakhani shares “I have been volunteering with SOP since 1990 .I am really honored for being awarded with this Sitara-e-Imtiaz and I am committed to continue my services to take this movement to the next level. This recognition was only possible with the efforts of my passionate team members”.
Special Olympics Pakistan organizes sports activities, and competitions in all four provinces throughout the year for all ages of 8 years and above. SOP offers training and competitions in Olympics- type sports such as.Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Badminton ,Bocce, Cycling, Football ,Powerlifting, Table tennis, Tennis, Cricket. SOP also offers heath screenings and conducts Unified Sports. SOP has participated in over 18 International Games.
Some of our key program efforts to build communities include: Unified Sports, Athlete Leadership Programs, Family Engagement, Healthy Athletes and Young Athletes. Special Olympics knows no boundaries. Without regard to gender, race, religion, economic or education level, Special Olympics has the ability to unite all walks of life.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.