A 100-year-old UK muslim man has raised over £140,000 for charity after taking inspiration from Colonel Tom Moore.
Dabirul Islam Choudhury is fundraising for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in both the UK and Bangladesh by walking laps of his community garden in East London – all while fasting for the religious festival of Ramadan.
Following in the footsteps (literally!) of Colonel Moore, Mr Choudhury began walking 100 laps of his 80-metre garden on April 26 to raise £1,000 – but he definitely hit that target very quickly.
As of May 13, Mr Choudhury has raised £142,729 and he plans to continue fundraising for the entire month of Ramadan – which this year runs from April 23 to May 23 – while continuing to observe religious fasting.
His son, Atique Choudhury, recently told BBC London: “When we started, we started at a small pace but he’s been increasing his number of laps he’s doing. The problem we have is that we have to try and stop him because he wants to carry on!”
Mr Choudhury was born in 1920 in British Assam, which then changed to Indian Assam, then Sylhet (a part of the then East Pakistan) which 1971 became an independent Bangladesh.
In 1957, he moved to England to study English Literature in London. Due to his education and command in the English language, he ended up as a community leader and settled in St Albans. He was responsible for many community projects and raised money for the independence struggle of Bangladesh.
He is raising the money for Channel S Television’s ‘RFC COVID19 Crisis’ Initiative because more than half a billion people will be pushed into poverty unless immediate action is taken during the global pandemic.
Sadly, the people of Bangladesh and third world countries will suffer the most, with children and vulnerable families suffering from extreme hunger. Channel S TV has partnered with leading international charitable organisations to reach out to as many distressed people as possible affected by the pandemic.
Channel S’ highly reputed Ramadan Family Commitment (RFC) is aimed to generate more funds so that the partner charity organisations receive further assistance from Channel S, and therefore are able to raise more funds during the month of Ramadan.
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