MEMBERS of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association (AMEA) in Yorkshire and the North East held a Pre Charity Walk For Peace Dinner at Al Mahdi Mosque in Bradford last Friday.

They were joined by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Major Stan Hardy and the Lord Mayor of Bradford Council, as well as representatives from 21 charities and community groups based in the West Yorkshire area.

The Charity Walk for Peace raises and distributes money to UK charities.

Funds are raised through Charity Walks which have been held all over the UK.

The first walk in 1998 raised £1,500 but the amount raised in 2018 was £1million.

As part of the promotion for the walk, regional dinners are being held so that charities can find out more information about the walk and how they may be nominated as a beneficiary of it.

Following the recitation of a portion of the Holy Quran about the importance of charitable works Mr. Rashid Amini, North East Regional Chairman of the Charity Walk For Peace, thanked the guests for their support in coming together to attend the dinner and to promote the walk.

Mr. Arif Ahmad then presented a selection of the work done and monies raised by the walk and how people from many different backgrounds work together to promote peace, harmony and tolerance.

Cheques totalling were presented to eight charities – Martin House, Royal Voluntary Service, The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Leeds Mind, Ruddis Retreat, Marie Curie, DASH – Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield, and the British Red Cross Society.

The Deputy Lord and Lord Mayor of Bradford Council were given an opportunity to speak.

Both thanked the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association for volunteering and raising money for charities indiscriminately.

Mr. Munir Ahmad thanked all the guests, followed by Mr Lutf Rehman, who announced that a Regional Charity Walk For Peace would be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Lister Park in Bradford.

Forty-one guests in total attended the event, which was concluded with a silent prayer and dinner.