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Human Relief Foundation thanks its young volunteers
6:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
Young volunteers in Bradford have raised more than £80,000 in only 12 months for an aid charity based in the city.
Their efforts were celebrated at a glitzy awards night where 70 of them were presented with plaques to say thank you from the Human Relief Foundation.
Out of the grand total, £7,703.98 was raised through two city centre street collections in July and August.
All the volunteers, many of whom are students, have given up their spare time to help with collections and HRF organised challenges throughout the year.
Earlier this year 26 volunteers trekked up Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in under eight hours in aid of the charity. One of them, Nazim Ali, made more than £1,000 himself towards helping Syrian refugees.
HRF’s efforts in 2013 have been focused mainly on Syria where more than 100,000 people have been killed since conflict began in March 2011. A total of 1.5 million people have now left the country with the majority of them fleeing to Jordan.
HRF’s fundraising co-ordinator Qais Khaliq said: “We received a fantastic response from our fundraising efforts this year, especially on the streets of Bradford, but we could not have raised the amount we did without the help of these young people.
“There is no doubt at all that this amount of money will significantly change lives. It is only fair that we reward these dedicated selfless individuals who gave up their time to make things a little easier for people they have never met.”
Bradford student Hamad Hussain, 17, was one of the young people honoured and he was invited to give a speech about what volunteering had meant to him.
He told the audience the charity was ‘a home away from home’ with other volunteers and staff being like a big family.
HRF is a global humanitarian aid organisation with seven international offices responding to emergencies and disasters.
It started in 1991 in response to the war in Iraq.