Please find below a report written by one of our Atfal from Milton Keynes Qiadat. After attending this years Charity Challenge, he enjoyed it so much that he wrote an article about it. I have also attached some pictures of Nadeem. The article is quite well written and also quite motivational so if possible, it would be nice if this could be printed in the next edition of Tariq/Tahir Magazines. I have also attached some pictures of Nadeem and Charity Challenge. Jazaka’Allah.
Qaid Majlis Khuddam-Ul-Ahmadiyya Milton Keynes
The following article was written by Nadeem Mian of Milton Keynes Qiadat (age 13)
On 16th April 2016, I attended and participated in a 10K charity walk in Hyde Park, London. The charity challenge sponsored a large amount of charities including Humanity First, Barnardos, Save the children, NSPCC and many more. I was told about the Charity Challenge by my Qaid Sahib who also gave me a sponsorship form and asked me start collecting sponsorships and also to start preparing for the race.
After speaking to my mum, I decided to get sponsorship from all the people I knew. When I was getting sponsors from teachers, friends, family and neighbours, I explained to them what Humanity First was and what they do to help globally. I explained to them how Humanity First helps out schools in developing countries such as Ghana and other African countries. I also explained that Humanity First helps out with disaster relief all over the world and that many of the Volunteers are Ahmadi Muslims.
When the actual day of the Charity Challenge arrived, it was an early start for me. Qaid Sahib picked me up at 6:30am and we went to Hounslow by car. Then we got on a tube from Hounslow West to go to London’s Hyde Park where the event was taking place. When I got off the tube station, me and my Qaid Sahib met some of the marshals and they led us to the start of the race. It was very lovely to see all my brothers gathered in one place for such a great cause. When I got their, I registered in my AIMS ID and my full name and qiadat and I was given a number to stick to my chest.
I then found another group of Atfal from Hertfordhsire region and Akbar bhai (A very good friend of mine) who took care of me and I stayed with them during the marathon. Before the marathon started, everyone was listening to the opening speech and Tilawat and then performed duah. It was a very good feeling to hear a beautiful Tilawat in London’s Hyde Park. After that, the countdown went off and we all gathered together before the marathon started. During the marathon, it was a great and lovely atmosphere and everyone was talking together. I really enjoyed every minute of it.
When I finished the marathon, I rushed to get my golden medal. (The marathon wasn’t too hard for me as I have been going to other charity challenges since I was 6 years old.) As soon as I got my medal, I then grabbed a food bag that was being given out. The sandwiches and chocolates were great!
Something different this year that I really enjoyed was that after we had finished, a group of Atfal from Hertfordshire with Akbar bhai went to a restaurant to have a sit down and a delicious meal. After the meal, we went on a boat cruise around the River Thames so we could see the famous buildings and landmarks around London. This was really good and I also got to meet other Atfal that I didn’t know.
After we had got off of the boat, we started making our way home. We had to take in total, 6 tube trains to get to a train station close to Luton. Then, when we got off of the last tube, we all got onto a train which would take us to Luton. From their we were picked up by our parents or Khuddam.
In the end, I will say that this years Charity Challenge was one of the most enjoyable I have ever attended. I could see on the day that a lot of hard work went into planning it so thank you to all the organisers. I really can’t wait until next year.