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Fancy a choc fudge treat? Bradford duo takes on the challenge to shift tasty confectionary by the tonne for a sweet cause

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SWEET: Abdul Satar and Amjad Akram have been selling chocolate cakes to locals to raise money for charity

SWEET: Abdul Satar and Amjad Akram have been selling chocolate cakes to locals to raise money for charity

 

Two Bradford heroes have been overloaded with choc fudge cakes during the last couple of weeks, and you’d be forgiven thinking it was all to satisfy the whims of a having a sweet tooth.

Dedicated duo Abdul Satar and Amjad Akram have tirelessly been selling the yummy confectionary, all in aid to raise crucial funds to help improve the lives of innocent blind children.

But, this isn’t the first time they’ve committed to such a task. The pair have been doing charity work for a number of years and last year raised over £20,000 for AKAB school for the blind which is a children’s charity in Pakistan which aims to give hope to blind orphans in the country, who they are again raising money for.

Abdul and Amjad have once again already raised thousands of pounds for the project, and have now stepped-up the ‘sweet fundraising activity’ during the month of Ramadan.

With the cakes supplied by renowned Bradford business Seafresh, Abdul from the Office Furniture Company and Amjad of Letz Talk have been selling the cakes by knocking on doors and businesses, and using social media to plug the campaign.

“We deliver the cakes to people’s doors at £10 each and all the profits we raise go straight to the charity,” comments Amjad.

“We are doing this throughout Ramadan, but there are no hard set goals - whatever we raise is what we raise, they are only a small charity and can often be overlooked.

“It’s imperitive that we think of those less fortunate than us during this special month in the holy calendar.”

AKAB who’s mission statement is ‘to honour, empower the blind community by identification, education and employment’, have an enrolment of over 150 male and female students, which is funded through volunteers and fundraising.

So far, the charity-loving pair have sold over 800 cakes.

“All money from the sale of each cake is going directly to the charity,” adds Abdul.

“Is a very rewarding experience knowing that we’ve done something to assist the lives of young blind children.”

Abdul also carries out weekly charity work through his own local initiative Bradford Community Kitchen Centre for homeless people every Sunday from the Millside Centre in Grattan Road.

If you would like to buy a cake and help this cause, you can contact either Abdul on 07888693196 or Amjad on 07956566666.

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SWEET TREAT: Amir Khan backs Regal Bakery’s #Cakes4Kids initiative to raise funds for deprived orphans around the world

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It seems that boxing champ Amir Khan was certainly not counting his calories as he toured a Yorkshire bakery, who have been swirling up confectionary sales in aid of orphans around the world.

It is estimated that there are around 150 million orphans globally, trapped in poverty.

The #Cakes4Kids initiative launched by one of the region’s fastest growing businesses, Regal Bakery, aims to boost its cake sales especially during Ramadan, with all proceeds going towards helping orphans overseas via the AK Foundation.

Amir Khan who has been committed to giving vulnerable orphans the tools they need to thrive for a number of years now through his charity AK Foundation, visited the region to support Regal’s campaign.

After touring Regal Bakery’s state-of-the art factory in Wallis Street, Bradford, he met with crowds of people keen to facilitate the bakery’s orphan fundraising campaign in any way they can.

Amir Khan then headed over to the Abu Bakr Stores in Queens Road, Leeds, for his next bout of support in a ‘meet and greet’ opportunity, where children flocked to catch a glimpse of the boxing pro.

After meeting young fans, and answering a question or two, Amir turned his attention to the crowd requesting them to buy Regal’s custom made cakes so that deprived children across the globe could be helped.

With some of the younger crowd dismayed that they didn’t bring any money to buy cakes at the meet and greet, Abu Bakr boss Abid Hussain (AKA Brother Abid), swiftly handed out £10 notes from his own pocket to ensure the children wouldn’t miss out.

 

Waqar Younis, Regal Sales Director said: “It’s been a sweet treat for many of the younger crowd here today seeing Amir Khan.

“We at Regal are proud to have partnered up with the AK Foundation, as it fits into our ethos of giving something back to the less fortunate.

“We have sold thousands and thousands of cakes and I request for people to keep up the encouraging support, and a big thank you to everyone who has bought one.”

Says Amir Khan: “Every child deserves a happy, healthy childhood and the chance to build a brighter future.

“For many, your generous donations will help provide orphaned children with a home, food, water, medical care and a comprehensive education to give orphans the best possible restart in life.

“Our partnership with Regal is one I’m especially proud of as they’re really committed to making a change for orphans around the world.”

Faz Ali director at Regal commented: “It’s been a fantastic and optimistic event.

“After many meetings with Amir, today it was our turn to show Amir around our new purpose build BRC-credited factory for the first time, to reinforce the faith that he is working with a leading Bradford company who are committed to making a change.”

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Having faith in sport: Cricket and religion go hand-in-hand at Headingley

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CUTTING THE CAKE: Baroness Scotland of Asthal cuts the cake at the opening of the room

CUTTING THE CAKE: Baroness Scotland of Asthal cuts the cake at the opening of the room

Some people say sport is religion and religion is sport.

The latest addition to Headingley Cricket Ground certainly reinforces this idea, as Yorkshire opened their first multi-faith room this past week.

The area will be available for visitors to use with immediate effect and builds further on the club’s commitment to work with all communities.

At the official opening on Friday 26th August, dignitaries gathered for a ribbon cutting event and to cut a celebratory cake.

Qari Asim, Imam of the Makkah Masjid, was one of those in attendance on the day and praised the ‘inclusivity’ that the room promotes.

“It’s an honour to be sharing these few moments with everyone here today,” he said. “I’ve been on a journey with Yorkshire County Cricket Club for quite some time and talks have been held about launching this multi-faith room.

“Having this space here today, in this iconic stadium, symbolises the relationship that exists between faith and sports. Yorkshire has really shown its commitment to honour inclusivity and diversity in this area and they should be commended on this fantastic work.”

OPEN: Dignitaries gathered for the launch of the multifaith room at Headingley Cricket Stadium this past week

OPEN: Dignitaries gathered for the launch of the multifaith room at Headingley Cricket Stadium this past week

The multifaith room will provide a quiet space for prayer or reflection and is open to people of all and no faith.

It is sponsored by Regal Bakery and was launched with the support of the White Ribbon Campaign – which works to end violence against women.

Mohammed Younis, from Regal, said: “As soon as I was contacted regarding this initiative I was eager to get involved.

“We, as a business, believe that we need to be giving something back to all the communities that we serve and this room does just that.”

Baroness Scotland of Asthal, who was amongst the guest speakers, said the room represented a strengthening of the relationship between sports and religion.

As a leading international advocate for the end to violence against women, she added her thanks to the White Ribbon campaign.

Meanwhile, Hanif Malik, who became the first Asian person to sit on the board at Yorkshire earlier this year, added: “Since taking up this position, people have been asking me ‘why have you done it?’

IN SUPPORT: Mohammed Younis and Faisal Ali, of Regal Bakery, celebrate opening the room with White Ribbon Sports Ambassador, Ikram Butt (centre)

IN SUPPORT: Mohammed Younis and Faisal Ali, of Regal Bakery, celebrate opening the room with White Ribbon Sports Ambassador, Ikram Butt (centre)

“I have done it because I share this club’s vision in terms of not only trying to make Yorkshire the greatest county cricket club in the country, but also a club which is a lot more reflective of the wonderful vibrant and diverse communities we have here in Yorkshire.”

Yorkshire County Cricket Club worked with several faith organisations and communities to setup the multifaith room.

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Selling like hot cakes: Nadeem’s dream team raise over £50,000 for charity

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WHO THE MONEY WILL HELP: Children from the Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust strike a pose

WHO THE MONEY WILL HELP: Children from the Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust strike a pose

Forty-year-old Nadeem Malik from Bradford has had an insanely successful month of fundraising this Ramadan, after selling over 5,000 chocolate fudge cakes in order to raise money for the Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT).

Nadeem and a team of 15 others began delivering cakes to doorsteps across the region, selling them for £10 each.

Soon enough, the money was rolling in and before they knew it, the team had raised £52,365.25 for the orphans at KORT.

Nadeem said: “I took the whole month off work to see this through. The team didn’t think we’d reach the target. We thought we’d reach around £20,000.

“We feel like we could have raised even more with the right help. We didn’t plan it and it would be better if there was some more organisation.”

SWEET SUCCESS: Nadeem Malik with one of the popular charity chocolate fudge cakes

SWEET SUCCESS: Nadeem Malik with one of the popular charity chocolate fudge cakes

Nadeem will be doing it all over again for the same charity next year as all the money goes directly to the cause.

KORT is a non-profit charity organisation that provides food, shelter, clothing, medical care and education for almost 200 orphans, including children who were orphaned by the devastating earthquake of 2005 and the floods of 2010.

On 8th October 2005, a huge earthquake struck Azad Kashmir at around 9am as children studied at school.

The powerful tremor killed over 100,000 people and changed the lives of millions forever.

WHAT A RESULT: Nadeem hands over the charity cheque to Ch Mohammed Akhtar

WHAT A RESULT: Nadeem hands over the charity cheque to Ch Mohammed Akhtar

After witnessing the events unfold in the media, a group of friends led by Bradford born Ch Mohammed Akhtar, travelled to the region of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on the 14th of October 2005 with over £100,000 worth of aid.

The group realized that there was a greater need for long term support of the children orphaned by the Earthquake and KORT was established.

The money that has been raised from Nadeem’s team’s cake sale will go towards the second phase of construction work at the school, including building a girl’s hostel - which at its peak will accommodate up to 500 orphan girls.

The construction of the boy’s hostel, the medical centre and the dental clinic will follow.

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Chocolatey charity: Fudge cake delivery hoping to raise £15,000

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BAKING BLIND: (l-r) Amjad Akram and Abdul Satar have picked a smaller charity for Ramadan goodwill this year and will be selling chocolate cakes to raise funds

BAKING BLIND: (l-r) Amjad Akram and Abdul Satar have picked a smaller charity for Ramadan goodwill this year and will be selling chocolate cakes to raise funds

Ramadan is a time for giving and for two charitable friends from Bradford, an extra ‘sweet’ way of doing this has been cooked up.

Amjad Akram, who owns Let’z Talk on Great Horton Road, and Abdul Satar have been busy delivering chocolate fudge cakes in the name of charity.

Having raised thousands of pounds in recent years through the project, the duo have this year selected the AKAB School for the Blind, in Khaliqabad, Pakistan, as their charity of choice.

Amjad explained: “We chose the school this year because it is only a small charity which can get overlooked by many.

“There is no administration fee so all the money goes directly to the school and from top to bottom, nobody is getting paid.

“Ultimately it’s a charity that’s paying no wages, making no deductions and therefore generating no profit. They’re a charity that doesn’t take money out.”

AKAB School for the Blind is a specialist boarding school for the visually impaired, catering for 150 male and female students ranging from pre-school through to high school age.

In addition to education, the school provides free accommodation, food and transportation for children, the majority of whom originate from poverty stricken families.

Amjad continued: “100 per cent of all the profits we make will go to the school.

“We have done the big charities before and managed to raise £9,000 for Kashmiri Orphan Relief a year ago.

“We do this every Ramadan for 30 days and our target this year is to hit the £15,000 mark.”

Abdul added: “This is a charity that doesn’t have a face. Nobody is promoting them and that’s ultimately why we chose them.”

To order chocolate cake, please contact Abdul Satar on 07888 693 196 or Amjad Akram on 07956 566 666
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Now that’s a cake!

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MASSIVE: Kanika Kapoor cuts the gigantic cake alongside Asian Express Managing Director Nadim Hanif and Editor-in-Chief Andleeb Hanif

MASSIVE: Kanika Kapoor cuts the gigantic cake alongside Asian Express Managing Director Nadim Hanif and Editor-in-Chief Andleeb Hanif

Yorkshire’s biggest photocake served up by Asian Express

The Asian Express New Year’s Bash drew in some of the biggest talents from around the world last month yet the ‘sweetest’ surprise of all perhaps came in an even tastier form altogether.

A mammoth cream cake, measuring 54inch by 30inch (or 1,620 square inch), was unveiled on the night with the bespoke creation baked-up by Regal food group’s ‘Cake Emporium by Faz’.

TASTY: Measuring 1,620 square inch, the cake was shared out between guests

TASTY: Measuring 1,620 square inch, the cake was shared out between guests

Taking a day to create, the final production is the biggest photocake the bakers have ever produced and believed to be the largest in Yorkshire.

Almost 200 eggs, 11kg of Sugar and 11kg of flour were cooked up with around 5kg of butter – plus some secret ingredients – before the final decorations were put in place.

Regal Bakery Team

TEAM: It took Regal bakers a full day to make the enormous creation and is the biggest photocake they have ever produced

Faz Ali, speaking on behalf of Regal, said it was certainly a cake which wouldn’t be forgotten.

“We don’t get these types of orders very often but we knew we had the skills and expertise here to make something really special,” he said.

“We were told that the party needed a cake to stand out and this one certainly did that.”

He added: “I have never seen a photocake that big before and it took a whole day to make from planning it all out to the final product.”

Officially cut by headlining act, Kanika Kapoor, guests on the night were able to sample the cake during the night, a fitting dessert for the memorable occasion.

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