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As part of their regular charitable activities, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK (AMYA) will be holding their flagship charity event, the annual Charity Challenge in Hyde Park, London this year on Saturday 16th April. The event which specifically invites participants to walk or run for 10 kilometres to raise money for various causes, has been a regular feature of AMYA’s charitable work.

This year welcomes the 32nd Charity Challenge, which first began in 1985. Since its inception it has raised in excess of £2 million for UK charities.
The event is generally hosted in a different area each year, with previous areas including the Tower of London, Hampshire, Wimbledon, and the Yorkshire Dales. The beneficiaries of the money raised by the Charity Challenge have included Barnardoʹs, the British Heart Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Humanity First, Macmillan Cancer Support, the NSPCC, Save the Children, the Royal British Legion, The Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability, Bloodwise, and the RNIB.

The ‘Mercy for Mankind’ Charity Challenge is named after the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) who Muslims believe was sent by God as a ‘Mercy for Mankind’. The event’s tagline, ‘every act of goodness is charity’ is a saying of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who emphasised and encouraged charitable efforts towards all humanity. The event seeks to not only raise money in support of various UK charities but also to raise awareness about the true message and character of the Prophet Muhammad. In an era where Muslims are shown to be disregarding such peaceful principles of Islam, AMYA hopes this event will serve a dual purpose of not only helping charitable causes but also reminding Muslims and non-Muslims alike that Islam and its founder stood firmly for peace & unity within humanity. It is these fundamental principles which form the basis for the Charity Challenge & the work of AMYA.

 

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Mayor of London, Boris Johnson commended the community’s efforts saying:

“I applaud the efforts of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to strive for peace and to build bridges between diverse communities… I therefore applaud the Ahmadiyya Muslim ethos, ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’, that underpins all their work.”

AMYA have been volunteering all year around in various activities. To date they have donated more than 6000 pints of blood which equates to 18,000 lives saved. 145,000 trees have been planted in locations all over the nation. 40,000 food packs have been distributed to the homeless as part of weekly feeding sessions across the whole country. Moreover, the youth have been regularly visiting the elderly with over 1,000 visits having taken place in care homes and hospitals.

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This year AMYA are aiming to raise £430,000 for UK charities, they aims to do this by holding charity collections, skydives, runs, walks & a South to North cycle to name a few initiatives.

AMYA is the UK’s largest Muslim youth organisation and the leading Muslim youth group challenging extremism in the UK. For more information about the event, to take part, or to donate, visit: http://www.mercy4mankind.org/
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Contact and Interview Information

For media enquiries please contact the AMYA press office:

Email: press@khuddam.co.uk

Twitter: @UKMuslimYouth

Website: http://www.mercy4mankind.org/

– Hi-resolution images for use by print and online outlets will be available upon request.

– Broadcast outlets are invited to film at the event on Saturday 16 April in Hyde Park, London.

– Volunteers and the event organisers will be available for pre-recorded interviews on Friday 15 April at 14:30 at Baitul Futuh Mosque, Western Europe’s largest Mosque (Baitul Futuh Mosque, 181 London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5PT).

Or

Fazl Mosque, Oldest Mosque in London (16 Gressenhall Road, Southfields, Wandsworth, SW18 5QL)