Muslim youth in London running to raise money for charity

Young members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK (AMYA) will come together at London’s Battersea Park for an event that will raise money for various charities. The event is also aimed at combating negative stereotypes.

Mercy for Mankind Members of the organisation will take part in a 10k run which will be supported by the Public Health Minister Jane Ellison MP, and started by the most-capped England player of all-time, Peter Shilton OBE.

Named the ‘Mercy for Mankind’ run, volunteers will raise money for those in need irrespective of religion, race, gender or creed.

The event will raise more than £300,000 for 12 UK charities, including, Save the Children, NSPCC, UNICEF, Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation, in addition to a number of regional and local charities.

Barnardo’s, a dedicated charity that helps transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children, will also be supported.

The event also marks the launch of a special partnership between the AMYA junior section and Barnardo’s, which will see a focused effort to raise awareness and funds to support the charity’s vital services, helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families across the UK.

Dee Hall, Deputy Director of Fundraising (Community) at Barnardo’s, said: “Barnardo’s is delighted to be chosen by the AMYA’s junior section to be their sole charity partner for 2014/15. We are very much looking forward to working with the AMYA over the forthcoming year, and are very excited about this Sunday’s launch event. This is a fantastic opportunity for 7-15 year olds to come together and have fun whilst raising vital funds to help vulnerable children. All money raised will go towards Barnardo’s work helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families, including supporting children affected by poverty, homelessness, disability, bereavement and abuse”.

Farooq Aftab, national AMYA spokesperson, said: “Islam is really about peace and doing good works – so our aim to raise funds for charity simply allows us to express our faith. We strive to get youth involved in the community and to experience the blessing of helping others who are less privileged than we are.”

The ‘Mercy for Mankind’ run will start at 10am on Sunday 4th May 2014 in Battersea Park.

For further information about ‘Mercy for Mankind’, please visit mercy4mankind.org.