First organised in 1985 this year represents the 27th anniversary of AMYA’s ( Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association) Challenge. The annual event sets the ‘challenge’ to Muslim youth to raise funds for chosen charities and to engage Muslim youth in the participation and organisation of the event each year. Over the course of the years, it has raised in excess of £1 million for charitable causes.
Last year, the event consisted of a 10km walk or run in Leamington Spa. More than 800 young British Muslims attended and many more helped to raise £138,000 for the supported charities.
Over the years the format has evolved into a sponsored 10k walk or run and has taken place in different locations across the country.
This year the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Charity Challenge will take on the extra challenge of raising money for Her Majesty’s Jubilee Charitable causes. And an appropriately the venue is to be held around the Tower of London. The final route will again be a 10km run or walk. With this being an exceptional year for the UK and Her Majesty, the key aim is to ensure that the event is bigger and better than before.
The charities that will be supported this are:
- Royal National Institute for Blind
- Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability
- Royal British Legion
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Save the Children
- Lukaemia & Lyphoma Resarch
- Humanity First
- MacMillan Cancer Research
- British Heart foundation
- Yorkhill Hospital
Along with these charities we are also raising money for the Queens own Jubilee charity of which there are 11 charities. All are welcome to attend and support the runners & walkers and enjoy a special day out.