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Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 : 10:33 a.m.

Greenhills student to hold fundraiser for Middle East cancer hospital

By Staff

Greenhills High School senior Niki Sabetfakhri recently traveled to Tehran, Iran, to visit relatives, and during her stay, she worked as a volunteer at MAHAK, the largest child cancer charity hospital in the Middle East.

Since then, Sabetfakhri has partnered with the University of Michigan Persian Student Association to launch a MAHAK fundraising event. The fundraiser will be held at the Michigan League on Nov. 19 from 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

During the fundraiser, Sabetfakhri will give a presentation about the mission at MAHAK, and there will be a performance by a Persian student music group, and a medical discussion by Dr. Hamid Sanjaghsaz. The fundraiser will be a dance party with a DJ and dinner and dessert included.

Currently, tickets are on sale in person at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, or by phone at 734-763-TKTS, and Sabetfakhri's goal is to sell up to 300 tickets in order to raise enough money to sponsor one tenth of one day at MAHAK (around $30,000). Tickets cost $40 ($20 students/children).

Sabetfakhri wrote, in an e-mail, that "MAHAK is a non-profit, non-political, and non-governmental charity organization (NGO) supported solely through donations, fundraising and humanitarian assistance in the form of money, goods, services and technical expertise. The organization concentrates on helping children with cancer, nationally and internationally, in the three areas of charity, treatment and research. During the past twenty years, MAHAK has managed to support more than 13,000 children with medical and non-medical care."