AN 11-year-old boy from Bradford who was moved by the heart-breaking scenes in Turkey and Syria this week will take part in a 5k run tomorrow (Saturday, February 11) to raise money for those affected.

Mohammed Ibrahim Dad, a pupil at IQRA Academy on Drummond Road, has been devastated by the horrific earthquake, which has already claimed at least 20,000 lives.

Ibrahim, who previously raised £3,000 for a maternity hospital with a sponsored run in 2021, will head to Lister Park for his first-ever 5k tomorrow morning.

He has already raised £3,640 of his £5,000 target.

“I feel really sorry for all the people affected by the earthquake. A lot of the victims were around my age – they could have been doing things I’m doing now, like being in school and having fun with their friends, but now they can’t,” said Ibrahim.

“We’re really fortunate that we aren’t going through horrible things like that.

“I think it’s very important for us to help those who are less fortunate.”

After seeing the harrowing footage of the 7.8 magnitude quake on the news, Ibrahim suggested to his dad that he should do something to help.

Ibrahim was particularly concerned as a school friend’s grandfather is on holiday in Alanya, a beach resort city in Turkey.

“Even though Alanya is far from where the earthquake happened, I was really upset and worried for his grandad,” he said.

“I didn’t want him to get hurt. Luckily, he wasn’t affected.”

Ibrahim enjoys being active and plays football both at school and for local side Heaton Athletic.

“I hope that my run goes well, I’m excited for it,” he said.

“I want the people in Turkey and Syria to feel better.”

The selfless student wants to continue to support those in need for many years to come.

“I’d like to be a footballer when I grow up. But most of all, I want to help people across the world and make a difference," he said.

“Everyone has a talent – I think we should all use our talents to our advantage and to help the less fortunate.

“Through this run, I want to raise as much money as I can. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer me on, if they would like to.”

To support Ibrahim’s efforts and sponsor his run, visit