Leading up to the event, volunteers arranged a number of local fund raising initiatives in schools, football stadiums and supermarkets to raise money for great causes such as Save the Children, NSPCC, Barnardos, CLIC Sargent, UNICEF, The Silver Line, The Royal British Legion, Macmillan Cancer Support, British Heart Foundation, LLR, RNIB, and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability.
Volunteers were joined by Peter Shilton, former England international goalkeeper, Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, Jane Ellison MP, local MP for Battersea and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.
Peter Shilton OBE, patron of the Rainbows Charity, commented: “It’s a genuine privilege to be involved in this event that raises money for some fantastic charities and presents young Muslims in a positive light. The AMYA does some fantastic work in communities and really brings people together.”
Justine Greening MP commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its charitable work in the UK including the massive flood relief efforts as well as its charitable work internationally.
While speaking to the participants, Mirza Waqas Ahmad, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK said:
”The purpose [of the AMYA] is service to humanity. The charity challenge is an extension of this objective. The title of this event has been chosen as ‘Mercy for Mankind’ based on the same title given to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him). This was due to his unparalleled love for mankind, utter devotion to serving humanity and his teachings to his followers to show love and compassion to all of God’s creation… We try to follow his true teachings.”