Students raise funds for Pakistan flood at Blackburn in UK

    Pakistan Times
    By Raza Mumtaz 'Pakistan Times' Executive Editor/UK Bureau Chief

    LONDON (UK): Students, parents and staff from Tauheedul Islam Girls High School and Tauheedul Islam Mosque in Blackburn, north west England have raised an outstanding 46,000 pounds towards the Pakistan Flood Relief Appeal.

    The cheque has been presented by school officials to a Bolton-based international relief and development charity Ummah Welfare Trust. Students and worshippers have worked over the past few months, organising activities and collecting donations to rebuild lives devastated by the floods.

    In a statement to the media Friday, Tauheedul Islam Mosque President, Lord Adam Patel, said: Everyone in the community, young and old, felt great shock and compassion for millions of our brothers and sisters in Pakistan. We wanted to come together as one community to express our solidarity with those affected.

    Tauheedul Islam Girls High School Principal, Mufti Hamid Patel, said: For a school and community the size of ours to raise such a huge amount of money is quite incredible and a real testament to the humanitarian spirit we have here. In the UK, we are very fortunate and so should never forget people less fortunate elsewhere, especially when something as devastating as this occurs.

    The money was raised through worshipper donations and events in the mosque, and by sponsored events such as car washes, fundraising activities such as cake sales, and other community projects led by the students of the school.

    Mariam Ahmed, a Year 11 student at the school, said: Many of the students and teachers at the school have family who were affected by the floods. As global citizens and Muslims, we just wanted to help.  Students of all ages have taken part in the fundraising events and this donation is just the beginning ­ we hope to raise much more during the next few months to help those affected.

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