Leeds pupils raise thousands for Syria

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Four pupils from the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) have raised an amazing £17,000 for Islamic Relief’s Syria appeal through organising a school event.

The evening, attended by over 150 parents, pupils and guests, included a play written and performed by pupils, a nasheed performance from the younger members of the school and an inspiring eye witness account, from Zia Salik of Islamic Relief, who has recently returned from the war stricken country.

Noor Ahmed, one of the four organisers and a Muslim Faith Leader at the school said they were overwhelmed by the response: “We were aiming to raise about two thousand pounds so to raise such a large sum of money in one evening is incredible”

FUNDRAISERS: (l-r) Zara Shah, Akeel Bhamani, Anam Malik, Jasmine Iftakhar, Noor Ahmed, Faisal Motashar

FUNDRAISERS: (l-r) Zara Shah, Akeel Bhamani, Anam Malik, Jasmine Iftakhar, Noor Ahmed, Faisal Motashar

The pupils paid tribute to Mrs Zara Shah who is a teacher at the school and who supported the faith leaders in organising the evening.

“The evening really would not have been possible without the input from Mrs Shah so we just want to express our sincere gratitude for all her hard work in enabling us to put the event together,” they said.

Zia Salik who is the Regional Manager for Islamic Relief relayed the harrowing account of what he witnessed on his trip to the country but also expressed his delight at the ongoing support being provided by the community.

He said: “The money raised tonight will help to literally save lives by providing much needed medical supplies and to see four 18 year olds from the school put an event on like tonight encourages us to continue with our campaign to help the people of Syria – they are a credit to both the school and to the community”.

The evening concluded with a meal very generously donated by My Lahore and an auction which saw a hand painting by Islamic Relief volunteer, Fahad Khan, sell for almost £1,000.

For further information on Islamic Reliefs work in Syria please visit www.islamic-relief.org.uk/ure.

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