The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) lent a hand with charity collecting at a Barclays Premier League Stadium.

7 members of the group from Raynes Park and Southfields, joined by 9 members from Croydon, raised money for CLIC Sargent at Selhurst Park Stadium, the home of Premier League Football Team Crystal Palace FC last Saturday (30th January 2015).

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. They provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. They are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment, and in some cases, bereavement.

CLIC Sargent worked in conjunction with the AMYA at their annual charity walk events, called the ‘Mercy For Mankind’ Charity Challenge. ‘Mercy for Mankind’ refers to the title that was given to Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the Qur’an and services as the inspiration for all charitable work carried out by the group. It is an annual event which local members of the AMYA have been taking part in since 1985.

Saturday’s collection was done as part of ongoing bucket collections. The collection took place between 12:00pm till 3:00pm.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Nicola White said: “AMYA have been a great support to CLIC Sargent over the past years helping to raise a great amount of awareness and donations for children and young people with cancer.
Farhan Khalid, the AMYA member from Raynes Park said: “We all were willing to strive for one common purpose: helping the less fortunate. The boys really had a good time despite the rain, collecting for the charity and it was a fun and memorable day.”
“For Muslims, service to humanity is a religious duty. This will help us to realise the value of assisting in charitable initiatives, and to understand the importance of helping those from all walks of life, irrespective of colour, creed, religion or race.”
“Through our charitable donations, our fundraising programmes for charities and our community work programmes, we demonstrate our commitment to good citizenship in line with our principle of Love for All Hatred for None. As a community, we are dedicated to peace and contributing to the well-being of the country.”

“We are very grateful to CLIC Sargent for giving us the opportunity to collect at this great venue and for providing us tickets to watch the match afterwards.”