Members from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association East Region officially launched the 2019 Charity Walk for Peace, in association with MK Dons and MK DONS SET, at their Pre-Charity Reception Dinner held at Newham Sixth Form College in Newham on Saturday March 30th to a packed hall of charities and civic dignitaries.
124 guests, including representation from 37 charities attended the launch together with Mr. Nick Bracken OBE, Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and Ms. Liz Green, Sheriff of the City of London.
Cllr. Sally Littlejohn, Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr. Sanchia Alaisa, Mayor of Barking & Dagenham and Cllr. David Cartwright, Mayor of Bromley graced the evening and were amongst the guest speakers for the Charity Reception.
Fundraising through the charity walk is now in its 34th year and the country wide Charity Receptions focus on the aims, objectives and fundraising efforts of the Charity Walk for Peace and the supported charities.
During the Charity Reception, a total of £6,200 was donated by the Charity Walk for Peace to the following charities:
- Mayor’s Charity for Waltham Forest £500
- Mayor’s Charity for Bromley £500
- Mayor’s Charity for Barking & Dagenham £500
- Concern for Mental Health £2,500
- Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice £300
- Age UK Waltham Forest £1,900
A number of guest speakers spoke about their involvement with the Charity Walk for Peace and about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community East Region 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 it’s so encouraging to see.”
Tim Todhunter, Head of Fundraising Development, Royal Society for Blind Children, said:
“I’d just like to say what a fantastic event today is. I’ve been involved for the past 9 years and the Charity Walk for Peace has raised nearly £25,000 for the blind children that we work with. It’s a fantastic cause.”
Ruth from The Renewal Programme, said:
“We’re delighted that you are hosting this evenings event in Newham. This is our second year for the Walk for Peace, and we are absolutely thrilled to be part of taking peace and care for our fellow human beings out to everyone in the community and we are so pleased to be working with you.”
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 over 494 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, commenting on the East Region Charity Reception, said:
“I am grateful to the charities who joined the East Region Charity Reception in Newham on Saturday. Without their support we would not be where we are today, raising millions for UK charities. 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.”
- Age UK Waltham Forest
- Alzheimer’s Society
- Ambition, Aspire, Achieve
- BEST Charity
- British Economical Support Trust
- Brotherhood of the Cross and Star
- Charity Egypt
- Concern for Mental Health
- Conservation of Volunteers
- Dagenham United Charity
- East End Community Foundation
- East London Foundation
- Enfield Asian Welfare Association
- Greenhouse Sports Centre
- Harpiz Solicitors
- Kids Inspire
- B. Newham
- Leukaemia UK
- Mayfield School
- My AFK
- Nishkam SWAT
- OCD Action
- The Poppy Appeal
- Raianham Football
- Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
- Royal Air Force Associationn
- Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity
- Samaritans of Redbridge
- The Conservation Volunteers
- The Renewal Programme
- Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association
- West Ham United
- Whizz Kidz
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.
EVERY PENNY RAISED GOES TO CHARITY
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