Sunday, June 26 2016

Mosques to be honoured for Pakistan flood appeal fundraising

Local newspapers, Waltham Forest Guardian and Glasgow Local News, carry reports of local mosques which are to be honoured by HRH The Prince of Wales for their fundraising for the victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010.

From the Waltham Forest Guardian: 

“The Noor Ul Islam Trust will be awarded a medal for helping to raise £350,000 for the victims of the 2010 Pakistan flood.

“The centre of worship in High Road, Leyton, was one of many mosques around the country which answered Prince Charles' calls to raise much-needed money for the victims of the tragedy.

“They will be presented with the medal - produced by the Queen’s mint makers - in a special ceremony in the House of Commons on Wednesday, February 8, by Prince Charles’ senior representative John O’Brien.

“Yusuf Hansa, chairman of the mosque, said: “We could not ignore the disaster that happened in Pakistan in 2010. Money was urgently raised and sent to Pakistan using reputable charity agencies and NGOs. The community rallied regardless of their own national background.

““A member of staff from Noor Ul Islam went to Pakistan himself to witness the relief work being carried out and get involved in helping himself, arranging for much needed food and clean drinking water.””

The Noor ul Islam Trust also runs the Noor ul Islam primary school in Leyton of which reporter Sarah Jones of the Southern Daily Echo visiting the school in February 2010 wrote:

‘If Noor Ul Islam Primary’s genuine openness and willingness to engage is adopted 90 miles down the motorway, it would be a valuable lesson learnt.

‘And such a refreshing ethos could have a positive effect far beyond the school walls.’

Glasgow Local News reports that the city's Central Mosque is among those that are to be honoured at the ceremony in Parliament on Wednesday 8th February.

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