Hundreds of thousands of pounds raised in Charity Walk for Peace, hosted in Newham East London by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association UK.
Over 4000 men, women and children from all over the country participated in a major Charity Walk for Peace in the Royal Docks area on Sunday May 14th putting their best foot forward to raise funds for over 90 UK charities. The 8km route, full of London landmarks, proved a breeze for both young and old and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It is expected that over a quarter of a million pounds was raised through the walk and the expectation is that over £750,000 will be collected by the end of the year, with all proceeds to be paid to the charities later this year.
The event was arranged with over 800 volunteers who worked tirelessly over many months in its preparation. Widely supported by ministers, a range of cross-party parliamentarians and faith leaders the theme for this year’s walk was ‘A Walk in Pursuit of Service to Humanity.’
During the inaugural ceremony, various special guests and dignitaries addressed the attendees of the charity walk including; Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Cllr Lynne Brown MP for West Ham, Ian Larnder Borough Commander, Newham Cllr Ken Clarke Deputy Mayor of Newham and Cabinet Minister for Community.
Mr Rafiq Hayat, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, welcomed everyone and said, “…the name of our beautiful faith, which preaches peace and harmony, is being tainted by the twisted views of a few amongst Muslims. Events like today help to redress the balance. Our community has been raising funds for British charities since 1985.”
The event, now in its 32nd year, the walk raises funds for various UK charities as part of its drive to engage its members to serve humanity, in line with the guidance of the community’s Caliph (spiritual leader), His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad. This year’s walk was part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK’s nationwide ‘United Against Extremism’ campaign that seeks to bring people together to show solidarity against extremism and to promote peace.
Dr Ijazur Rehman, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association UK (AMEA UK) said:
“We have been bowled over by the immense support shown by the participants and charities. They have taken the time to step forward and join in support of the Charity Walk for Peace and brought out the peace loving nature which is present in all of us.”
He added, “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s long standing motto has been ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ and this walk epitomised the very essence of this statement where people of different religions and race came together under one umbrella for a common cause. We would like to thank and are immensely appreciative of the tremendous help and support provided by Newham Council in the running of this event.”
Many special guests provided extensive support for the success of the event, including; Brenda Fraser Mayor of Merton, His Excellency Dr Mohammad Sherriff Ambassador for Republic of Liberia, Cllr Peter Headington Mayor of Waltham Forest, Susan Headington Mayoress of Waltham Forest, Cllr Aileen Keller Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Joan Hillary Merton Council and Cllr Kathy Bance Mayor of Bromley.
A cheque presentation ceremony for the many charities being supported will be held later this year in the Houses of Parliament to draw further attention to the work carried out by of the various charities that are being supported.
The Charity Walk for Peace was founded in the service of humanity, rooted in the call of duty and substantiated by our mission actuated not by consideration of reciprocity or reputation but rather our desire to win the pleasure of God through service to his creation. Our aim is to relieve the suffering of the poor and to promote peace, understanding and goodwill amongst people of all walks of life.
The Charity Walk for Peace is an initiative of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association – part of the UK’s oldest established Muslim community. Inspired by the tenets of Islam, the Charity Walk for Peace aims to relieve suffering and serve mankind regardless of colour, creed or race. By bringing people together to help others it works to promote peace, engender greater understanding and promote goodwill amongst people from all walks of life.
Since its inception in 1985, the walk has been held at different venues across the UK with thousands participating each year. To date, over £8.9 million has been distributed to over 600 UK registered charities. A number of regional charity receptions and walks are organised throughout the UK culminating with the annual event organised to benefit various charities that provide practical help and support to vulnerable people.
We want to help society and support charitable endeavours and demonstrate loyalty to our country and nation. The distinctive feature of the charity walk for peace is that all organisers are unpaid volunteers and have no administrative costs. All operational costs are met by membership subscriptions.
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