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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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‘Constructing’ a future for refugees: Empowering Communities call on fundraisers to join Snowdon challenge

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CLIMB: Fundraisers for Empowering Communities will scale Wales’ highest peak next month and you are invited to join them

CLIMB: Fundraisers for Empowering Communities will scale Wales’ highest peak next month and you are invited to join them

This week saw World Peace Day on 21st September. With wars raging around the world, the current refugee crisis means we now have the largest number of refugees since WW2, approaching a staggering 60 million globally, and most of them are children.

Everybody wants to help those who have fled their war-torn homes in search of a safer place to raise their families and build their future.

A refugee may have been a doctor, engineer or teacher in his home country before war drove them out and into the camps you see all through the media today.

They had no choice but to leave everything behind and escape with little more than their own lives. This means that they just need a chance to rebuild their own lives and once again give their children the brighter future they had dreamed of.

Rising from the ashes of these difficult times has been one beacon of hope which has transformed the lives of many families in the third world.

Bringing hope, building a future and supporting them every step of the way, Empowering Communities has a unique approach to tackling these difficult situations for refugees, homeless and impoverished people throughout.

With construction underway on yet another refugee shelter, their third housing project which was jump started by the staggering £9,100 raised on 5th September through sponsorships for the Mt Snowdon climb, Empowering Communities are focused more than ever to helping ease the refugees’ struggle.

Empowering Communities is aiming to raise money for the completion and operation of this shelter so that not only can a roof be built over the heads of those who had their homes bombed and neighbourhoods destroyed, but to work on their amazing core mission.

Helping with accommodation is only the beginning, they also aim to provide employment assistance so people can find jobs in a field they are familiar with or get trained to work in a new field.

They will also be providing free medical care to the families so that things like hospital and medical bills are not another obstacle to empowerment.

All of these elements combined will lead to these refugees being able to regain their status in life and stop depending on the help of others in order to survive - eventually settling permanently in their newfound home or one day returning to their native country and picking up the pieces to rebuild again.

Empowering Communities are always looking for help towards this cause and you too can join in now and help with the Snowdon Challenge.

Just raise a sponsorship of £100 and tag along on the 10th October 2015 to climb Wales’ highest peak.

“A small taste of what the refugees have been through should perhaps open our hearts in solidarity with our fellow humans who want a life just like yours and mine, but have instead been forced to face the elements and travel thousands of miles to find safety.”

You can call the office on 01274 502 750 or email at info@empoweringcommunities.org to sign up.

Take part in the Empowering Communities Snowdon challenge and make a difference for a refugee family today.

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