I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
and I think to myself - what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue, clouds of white
Bright blessed days, dark sacred nights
and I think to myself - what a wonderful world

The colors of a rainbow, so pretty in the sky
are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do
The're really saying, I love you.....

and I think to myself  - what a wonderful world

- Louis Armstrong "What a wonderful world" -

At 3:00 am on the morning of November 29,2009, the Art on Wheels tour along with their Shahzadi reached Paris. A journey that took the team across 6 countries, 3 in Asia and 3 in Europe reached its destination after covering a total distance of 5400 miles (approximately 8000 odd km) during the course of a month. On the morning of her arrival in Paris, Shahzadi drove around Champs Elysees followed by a warm reception by family and friends. Following this personal, rather touching reception Shahzadi was also taken to the Embassy of Pakistan in France where the tour team met with the Ambassador of Pakistan to France, Mr. Shafkat Saeed and other members of the Pakistani Embassy in France. As it was all across the distance that it covered from Islamabad to Paris - Shahzadi was appreciated and loved by the people of Paris. During the course of this journey, the members of the Art on Wheels Tour team feel that they were successful in achieving the objectives that they had set for themselves. They got ample opportunities to talk about Pakistan, make people across all 6 countries aware of the cultural and artistic potential of Pakistan as well as the fact that just like all the beautiful coun tries that the tour drove across, Pakistan too is a beautiful country with a past, a present and a prosperous future. Another highlight of the tour was the fact that this journey was a result of friendship and collaboration from two different countries located on two different continents. The Tour team would first of all like to the opportunity to thank our families in Pakistan and France, the people who helped us make this dream a reality along the way and most importantly our sponsors - without the support of whom this may not have been possible.

The Art on Wheels tour was sponsored by corporate Pakistan. Organizations that understood and supported the spirit of this journey include LMKR, Trans World Associates (Pvt) Ltd, Gadoon Textile Mills Ltd (GTML), TOTAL Parco Pakistan Limited (TPPL), Mobilink, Kings Group Apparel Industries (Pvt) Ltd and TPL Direct Insurance Ltd. Media support was given by Dawn News TV (exclusive TV media partners) and CityFM89 (exclusive radio media partners). The Art on Wheels tour and Foxy Shahzadi also enjoy the support of NGO(s) such as The Citizens Foundation, Behbud, Acid Survivor Foundation and Cure2Children Foundation. 

 

P.S. Photographs from the last leg of the tour will be uploaded on this blog shortly.

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