Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association were in Manchester’s Heaton Park to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
They took part in a 10k run to raise more than £400,000 for UK charities. The event is part of the ‘Mercy for Mankind’ series of charitable initiatives with volunteers raising money for those in need irrespective of religion, race, gender or creed.Mirza Waqas Ahmad, National AMYA President said, “We held our flagship charity fundraising event on Remembrance Sunday marked our respect for those who fought for our freedom by starting the run with the 2 minutes silence at 11 am.
“Our youth are regularly in serving their local communities through partaking in activities such as donating blood, planting trees, visiting the sick and elderly, and making a positive contribution to the community and country as a whole.”We do this as Islam teaches us service to humanity is a part of faith.”The youth have also been collecting for the Poppy Appeal on high streets, rail and tube stations, stadiums and airports.The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said regarding the Poppy Appeal collections: “Your participation in this important fundraising campaign is a display of your clear commitment to community work, tolerance and peace.
“I welcome such positive action by young British Muslims, and I am sure that it will inspire others to make similarly positive and constructive contributions”.The event was attended by former international England Cricketer, Ryan Sidebottom.The AMYA is the UK’s largest Muslim youth organisation and the leading Muslim youth group challenging extremism in the UK.
The AMYA is raising money for charities including, The Royal British Legion, Save the Children, NSPCC, Barnardos, CLIC Sargent, UNICEF, The Silver Line, British Red Cross, Macmillan Cancer Support, British Heart Foundation, LLR, RNIB, and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability For more information about the event, to take part in future initiatives, or to donate, visit: http://www.mercy4mankind.org/