Mosque sets a £100k goal

Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 16:45

WORSHIPPERS at Maybury’s Shah Jahan Mosque have set a fundraising target of more than £100,000 for victims of the Pakistan floods.

Those who attend the Oriental Road mosque have already raised £50,000 in two weeks. About four million people have been affected by the floods and around 1,600 people have died.

Fundraising events at the weekend included car washing in exchange for a donation at the mosque and at Galaxy Cars in The Broadway in which they raised £2,126.50.

Woking resident Arshad Najib said: “As a community we thought we needed to do something about the floods.

“Quite a few Pakistani people in Woking itself are affected — it’s their motherland.

“We did a call out for money and then organised the car washes for the weekend.

“It is the month of Ramadhan and at the end of each evening we are at the mosque and we are appealing for funds.

“It’s not just the Muslims in Woking, we are also looking further afield for donations. Donations are coming in thick and fast and we want to help as many people as we can.”

Woking residents have been outside the cricket ground at Lord’s in London doing bucket collections and closer to home outside the Wolsey Place shopping centre.

The mosque’s flood appeals committee has collected tents left by festival visitors at Reading festival to take to flood victims in Pakistan.

Individuals from the mosque will be flying to Pakistan to hand over the cash to those who need emergency aid and help victims in hard-to-reach areas.

Anyone who is interesting in donating can contact the committee at the mosque.

Elsewhere in the borough, listeners of Woking’s Bismillah Radio Ramadhan have collected thousands of pounds for victims of the Pakistan floods.

So far during the month of fasting between £8,000 and £10,000 has been pledged to charities helping the cause.

Dr Salma Choudry, from Woking’s School Oriental and Religious Studies, said: “We have had representatives from different non-government organisations (NGOs) come in and run four or five hour appeals on the radio, giving information and telling people what the situation is.

“We were giving out hotline numbers and a reference number so people to donate.

“Because of the reference number we can see how many listeners from Woking have donated. Everyone has raised between £8,000 and £10,000 in the first 14 days of the radio station.”

The radio station has a temporary Ofcom licence to run throughout the month of Ramadhan. This is the third year the community radio station, which is based at Sheerwater Neighbourhood Office in Dartmouth Avenue, has run.

It broadcasts from 87.8FM and can also be listened to live on the internet.

As well as charity appeals, the radio station has been seen shows from Surrey Police and Woking Borough Council. Council chief executive Ray Morgan was due to appear on the airwaves this week.

For more information or to listen live to the radio station visit www.bismillahradio.co.uk

Source: www.wokingnews.wordpress.com

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