The Bestway Group celebrated 50 years of not just commercial success, but of also making a positive impact on local, national and international communities.
Inspired by Sir Anwar Pervaiz, the group donated more than 13.5 million pounds in the UK and $9 million in Pakistan to charitable causes.
“Bestway at the heart of the community” has been published to mark this special event and explained how one man’s vision had contributed to the transformation of local communities through investments in schools, universities and hospitals.
Established in 1987, the group now contributes approximately 2.5 percent of its profits each year to the foundation established by Pervaiz. In order to enhance the grant giving mechanism, a sister organization was established in Pakistan in 1997 and Zameer Choudrey was appointed its Chairman. In Pakistan, Bestway Cement and the United Bank have donated over $9 million to charitable causes. Moreover, in 1987, over 450 students of south Asian origin were provided scholarships to attend universities in the UK, USA and Canada. They have also trained over 2500 apprentices since 1998.
Bestway Cement has established four BHU’s in Thathi, Chakwal, Hattar and Farooquia giving free treatment to over 20,000 patients. In December 2005 the foundation adopted 29 village schools under an innovative adoption and management programme whereby over 4,000 children now get free education. Additionally, over $2million has been spent towards natural disaster rehabilitation and relief efforts.
As part of its initiatives in the field of education, the group has been financially contributing to the Care Foundation, The Citizens Foundation and the LUMS national outreach programme. Furthermore, they have aided the construction of buildings at Taxila UET, the Nowshera Northern University, the Lahore FC college and others.