Members from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association Milton Keynes officially launched the 2019 Charity Walk for Peace at the Charity Reception at the James Mckewon Centre on Friday March 1st to a packed hall of charities and civic dignitaries.
Over 30 charities attended the launch alongside representatives from Milton Keynes Council, MK Dons, MK Dons SET and Luton Council.
Fundraising through charity walks is now in its 34th year. The Charity Reception launch focused on its aims, objectives, fundraising efforts and its close working relationships with other charities.
A number of guest speakers spoke about their involvement with the Charity Walk for Peace and about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Milton Keynes and their community support initiatives.
Zaheer Ahmad, Chairman of the Charity Walk for Peace, said:
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to attending today and thank you for your support and for participating this evening, so we may work together for humanity and for peace. Members from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association have worked so hard to collect hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity and its so encouraging to see.”
Councillor Moriah Priestley, Cabinet Member for Economy, Communities and Culture, said:
“It’s great to come and see how well the event is attended. What really struck me was the range of partnerships you have actually built, and the range of charities supported. It’s obvious that this organisation has far reaches and we are very pleased as a council to have you here.”
Maralyn Smith, Chief Executive for MK Dons SET, said:
“I just wanted to say how pleased we are to be involved in this activity and really looking forward to the walk on June 30th”
Councillor Martin Petchey, the Mayor of Milton Keynes, said:
“I’m very glad to lend my support to the occasion and to Charity Walk for Peace. I have seen the wonderful work the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community does in Milton Keynes, both in the flesh and on their social media presentations, including litter picking and poppy selling. The community contributes an enormous amount to the good of the community and I wish you every success.”
Rafi Ahmad, Vice Chairman of the Charity Walk for Peace, said:
“We are having this wonderful reception today to officially launch the walk with MK Dons and MK Dons SET. To date we have supported 490 charities, and we hope you will use today’s session to become our friends as we can do so much more together with more people involved. I would like to mention here that this year’s National Walk takes place in Milton Keynes, but we have 18 regions and already 10 of those regions have said they are going to hold regional walks this year for charity.”
Dr. Ijaz ur Rahman, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elder’s Association, said:
“It is my humble privilege to be here to join you this evening and I am grateful to the charities who have joined us. Without you and the wonderful work you do none of this would be possible. You give back to the community you live in. Our spiritual leader, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has guided us to work with smaller charities even more so. In the last few years we have supported more and more local charities and the significance to that is the smaller charities benefit much more from the donations and the volunteer support. Thus, moving the National Walk across the country helps us to do this.”
This year’s walk is taking place in association with MK Dons and MK Set on Sunday June 30th, 2019 and promises to break last year’s fundraising record of £1 million pounds for UK charities.
Charity Walk for Peace has raised more than £5.2 million for charities, supporting 494 UK registered charities with a staggering £501,000 raised for the 2018 Poppy Appeal.
Charities that attended the launch:
- DIAL Peterborough
- Air Ambulance
- Bedfordshire Girlguiding
- Works for Us
- MK DONS SET
- Milton Keynes Hospital Charity
- YMCA Milton Keynes
- The Bus Shelter Milton Keynes
- A Slice of Happiness
- Spinal Injuries Association
- Headway Milton Keynes
- Watford & District Mencap Society
- Signposts Luton
- Sea Cadets Milton Keynes
- MK SNAP
- Age UK Milton Keynes
- Palestine Solidarity Campaign
- Safety Centre
- Council of Faiths
- Mercy Ships UK
- Family Voice Peterborough
- Deafblind UK
- Millie’s Foundation
- Milton Keynes Scouts
- Langar Aid
- Peterborough Sri Murugan Devotees Association