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Flexing those hairy climbing muscles

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Bilal Hussain (left) and Abdul Iftikhar (right) celebrate reaching the highest peak in Britain

Bilal Hussain (left) and Abdul Iftikhar (right) celebrate reaching the highest peak in Britain

 

Ifty and Bilal climb Ben Nevis and raise over £4000 for Bradford homeless kitchen

A group of enthusiastic fundraisers decided that it'd be really great fun to do a challenging cardio putting their legs into overtime by climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland.

Abdul Iftikhar, fondly called Ifty and Bilal Hussain decided to get some much-needed funds in for the homeless in Yorkshire.

ADVENTUROUS: Ifty and Bilal along with the team camped at the base of the mountain

ADVENTUROUS: Ifty and Bilal along with the team camped at the base of the mountain

 

Ifty, of Kamrans Solicitors, who has previously sat in the top one per cent of fundraisers recognised by JustGiving. He was moved by the dedication of the volunteers at Bradford Community Kitchen, a local community organisation which feeds and offers emotional and practical support to homeless and vulnerable people.

Bradford Community Kitchen headed by Abdul Satar, Leslie Semmens, Anne Marie Higgins and Sabrina Mustafa, do a big feed every Sunday 3pm-5pm at the Millside Centre based on Grattan Road. They currently provide food and hot drinks to one hundred people a week.

CHEQUE PLEASE: Abdul Iftikhar and Bilal Hussain with the rest of the team presented the charity funds raised to a very grateful Leslie Semmens and Abdul Satar

CHEQUE PLEASE: Abdul Iftikhar and Bilal Hussain with the rest of the team presented the charity funds raised to a very grateful Leslie Semmens and Abdul Satar

 

"We have seen the invaluable work that the volunteers at the community kitchen undertake week in and week out," says Ifty.

"It is a real shame that in this day and age people are reliant upon such services. This demonstrates that the Government's socioeconomic policies are failing the inner cities, particularly in the North of the country.

"The Bradford Community Kitchen has volunteers from different backgrounds, who are doing a splendid job and the organisation has a 100% donation policy."

With Bilal responsible for all the logistics for the Ben Nevis climb, the fundraisers set themselves a target of raising £3,000 in just two weeks.

Of course, with the likes of Ifty in the team, who in December last year climbed Mount Snowden in Wales raising £7,585 for a Leeds children's cancer support charity, they managed to smash the £3000 goal raising a final total of £4,128.29.

Ifty had high praise for Gotyasize Boxercise Fighting Fit Club, at the Girlington Community Centre in Bradford, as an organisation that keeps people of all ages off the streets and occupied in fitness.

"Bilal Hussain has been running this community gym for over ten years with no financial support from local authorities.

"It is supported by sponsors including Kamrans Solicitors, Rajas, Pakistan Catering, Move Up properties and Quote Us Financial Services."

Kamrans Solicitors in Leeds sponsors the Bradford Community Kitchen on a monthly basis along with a number of other local organisations including the Millside Centre, Rajas of Great Horton Road, Pakistan Catering of Beckside Road, Regal Food Products Plc, Icestone Gelatos, Shalimar Catering, Sweet Centre on Lumb Lane, Sunrise Catering, Good and Co Solicitors amongst others.

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A tall challenge

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A team of determined Muslims pulled on their walking boots and headed to the mountains last weekend as they aimed to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

30 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) scaled the UK’s three highest peaks in an attempt to raise £7,500 for the British Red Cross.

The members pushed their limits to the max as they hiked up Scaffell Pike, in England, Ben Nevis, in Scotland, and Mount Snowden, in Wales, in under 33 hours.

CLIMB: Local youth leader for AMYA Huddersfield, Kamal Aftab, enjoys a cup of tea at the summit of England’s highest mountain, Scaffell Pike

CLIMB: Local youth leader for AMYA Huddersfield, Kamal Aftab, enjoys a cup of tea at the summit of England’s highest mountain, Scaffell Pike

The group said they were hoping to spread the message of peace by completing the walk whilst also dismissing false stereotypes that have been ‘given to Muslims across the UK’.

Dr Aziz Hafiz, Chairman and leader of the Three Peak Challenge said the group had been training for a long time before last weekend and was proud to be helping out such a worthy cause.

“We do a lot of work with the British Red Cross and are honoured to be raising money for such a fantastic charity,” he said.

“At the peak of each mountain we all offered a prayer of peace to pray for Great Britain and the amazing British Nation.

“Some people unfortunately assume that there is a conflict between being Muslim and British. For us, as well as the other 7,500 young British Muslims who make up AMYA, it is our faith that drives us to love this great country and its people so much.”

PRAYER: The group of 30 climbers were all members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association and gave a prayer for Britain at the top of each peak

PRAYER: The group of 30 climbers were all members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association and gave a prayer for Britain at the top of each peak

This is the third year running that the AMYA team has raised money for charity through similar initiatives.

The last two hikes saw trekkers raise more than £40,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and The British Heart Foundation by scaling The Mont Blanc Range in the French Alps, whilst runs and cycle events have also been held in recent months.

 

If you would like to sponsor the hikers for their latest accomplishment
please visit their Just Giving Page at www.justgiving.com/teamsMKA3peaks2014

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