Please find below a report written by one of our Atfal from Peckham Qiadat. After winning this year 5k Charity Challenge.
Regional Atfal Nazim
My name is Israfeel Kusi-Addo and I was the winner for the 5k Run for the Charity Challenge. Established in the 1980s, the Charity Challenge invites people to walk, run or cycle to raise money for charity. An event that raises approximately a quarter of a million pounds a year, the AMYA, ( Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association) Charity Challenge has become a flagship for the Muslim Youth Association.
The annual event, ‘Mercy for Mankind’ Charity Challenge was held on Saturday 16th April in Hyde Park, London at 10:30am. This year’s Charity Challenge was an amazing success; even though it was quite chilly, wet and dreary, hundreds of members from the organisation were able to attend.
For me, the Charity Challenge is not about the actual run, instead, it’s about the money raised for a great cause – Charity. Charities such as Save The Children, RSPCC, Great Ormond’s Street and many more. It is quite wonderful to see how many people attend and support the event all for such an amazing cause
The race itself was very hard as I needed stamina, determination and most of all perseverance. Many people trained weeks in advance. My usual exercise regime includes playing football three times a week, participating in Martial Arts to prepare themselves for the run. It was quite competitive, entertaining and everyone wanted to beat their friend or rival.
My time last year was 40 mins, whereas this year it was 25 mins improving by 15 mins which are really good. Of course, the race was very laborious however, I made sure that I started off really strong then kept a steady pace making sure I didn’t tire out and exhaust myself. The race was exhausting both physically, and mentally, but it was all worth it especially receiving the trophy from Sadr and Amir Sahib.
The day was quite enjoyable, fantastic and chilly of course, but that was just usual British weather. May Allah reward us all for our sacrifice charity, and kindness, Ameen. I end with a saying of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) ‘Every Act of Kindness is Charity’.
By Israfeel Kusi-Addo