A university society has launched a crusade to try to raise £10,000 for the LEP Lifesaver Appeal.
The Islamic Society at the University of Central Lancashire, is a voluntary organisation established and maintained for the students, by the students.
The society, which has been awarded the university’s Society of the Year award for the last three years, has a reputation for raising large amounts of money for good causes.
Last year, it raised £5,200 for various charities, including £2,000 in one week for the building of a house in Pakistan following the floods and £1,800 in three days following the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Now, the society has pledged to make the LEP Lifesaver Appeal the focus of its fundraising this year and is aiming to raise £10,000 towards the £500,000 appeal for a CT scanner.
Mohammed Patel, president of the University of Central Lancashire Islamic Society, said: “Our aims include catering for the religious and social needs of students, regardless of religious beliefs, race or background.
“This year, the community project we have decided to undertake consists of working with the Lancashire Evening Post on the LEP Lifesaver Appeal.
“We are part of the same race, the human race, thus making each life as valuable as the other and it is time we gave something back to the community, back to the country and back to humanity.”
The Islamic Society launched its mission at the university’s multi faith centre where they asked volunteers from the community to support its plans which include bucket collections, cake sales, fun days, sponsored walks, football competitions, charity meals and bag packing in supermarkets.
Mr Patel said: “We aim to publicise the fundraising plans and to draw in volunteers from the university and surrounding areas.
“We want to bridge the gap between the university and the community and unite everyone including the clubs and societies at UCLan, schools, colleges, mosques, churches, temples and youth groups, on to one goal, which is to secure the funds to enable the NHS to buy the CT scanner and start saving more lives.”
• For more information on the University of Central Lancashire Islamic Society, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uclanisoc.com