Children raise cash to help Syria

The walkers at the Muslim Cultural Centre to raise funds for humanitarian aid for Syria
The walkers at the Muslim Cultural Centre to raise funds for humanitarian aid for Syria
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Children and parents spent a week raising money to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The week of events took place at the Preston Muslim Cultural Centre in Fishergate, Preston, and raised more than £7,000.

The children attend an evening school at the mosque and it was their idea to raise funds.

The biggest event of the week was a sponsored walk where more than 100 people took part.

Ismail Timol, who is on the committee at the mosque and oversees the evening school, said: “We raised more than £7,000.

“It was a whole week of activities which took place over the half term week.

“There were many, many activities which took place for the parents and children to participate in.”

“These included a ladies netball tournament, followed by a curry sale, a Syria crafts and dress down day for the children, a cake and bake sale and the penultimate event where a sponsored walk took place throughout the streets of Broadgate on the Friday. There was also a highly enjoyable men’s table tennis tournament which concluded events on the Sunday.”

“All the events and the whole week were a big success, as we have never previously done something like this and especially on this kind of scale before. This wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the efforts of the community pulling together and I would like to personally thank the children, the parents the staff and especially the headteacher in organising such a fruitful and successful fundraiser.”

Ismail added: “ The whole reason behind it was because the children were very concerned about what was happening in Syria and wanted to help those who have been affected by the crisis, especially the children.”

The money raised will go to Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT) a UK based charity who are working on the ground within Syria.