Muslim Youth Cyclists Ride4Peace from Paris to London in aid of British Red Cross

Amateur cyclists from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Cycle Club kicked off their gruelling 300 mile journey from Paris to London on the 10th September to raise money for the British Red Cross.

The ride entitled “Ride4Peace 2015″ is aimed at raising awareness of the humanitarian work of the British Red Cross and raising money for this remarkable charity. The team also aim to spread the message that Islam is a religion of peace and promotes the values of love, tolerance, justice and equality.

This fundraising event is a part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association’s (AMYA) “Mercy for Mankind” series of charity challenges that have raised over £2 million for British charities since its inception.

The route took them from Paris to Amiens where they were supported by the French Police. They left France through Calais and continued through the South East from Dover on Saturday and reached their final the destination, the Baitul Futuh mosque, the largest mosque in Western Europe, in Morden by Sunday. A reception was held for the cyclists that was attended by Representatives from the British Red Cross, Politicians, Dignitaries and the local community.

The chairman of the Ahmadi Cycling Club, Dr Hammad Khan said,

“We have a fantastic group of boys who are incredibly enthusiastic about the chance to make a real difference with this charity ride. They’ve been training hard and want to raise as much money as possible for the amazing work of the British Red Cross. The team also wants to spread the true message of Islam which is the message of peace and service to Humanity which is integral to every Muslim’s life and faith. This is the Islam practiced by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and this is what we practice today”.

The President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK said that he was very proud of the youth of the community who are showing the true face of Islam and showing that the Muslim youth of this country are loyal and beneficial citizens of British society.

Donations to the British Red Cross can be made by text to donate AMYA15 £x to 70070 or by donating here: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Ride4peace

Visit http://www.mercy4mankind.org to find out more.

The AMYA is the UK’s largest organised Muslim youth organisation and the leading Muslim youth group challenging extremism in the UK

For media enquiries please contact the AMYA press office:
Jamal Akbar (07961 444 005)/Farooq Aftab (07584 100659)
Email: press@khuddam.org.uk
Twitter: @MKA_UK
Website: http://www.muslimsforhumanity.org.uk/

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