While the right wing media would have you believe that the Muslim community shuns Remembrance Day, these young Muslims are proving that’s 100 per cent wrong.Young people from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) in Surrey have hiked across the Alps and cycled to Paris this year to fundraise for the Royal British Legion and the British Red Cross.
The association has been crucial in raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for several years participating in mass collections all over the UK, providing us with a significant number of volunteer collectors and raising amazing totals.The Legion is extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment from all of the volunteers. We enjoy working with AMYA as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.
The AMYA’s contributions to the Poppy Appeal are typified by their fundraising for a hike in the Bavarian Alps in July.Twenty young people went on a five day hike which raised £5,964.89 for the Royal British Legion in the process.
Prime Minister, David Cameron said at the time:
Your presence in this country is a living example of how Britain has become a true home to people from all corners of the world ….Your tremendous charitable services that you have delivered to old and young alike, your care for the environment by planting thousands of trees each year, your Feed the Homeless project and blood donation drives are just a few of the many reasons that Britain can be proud of you.
The hike fell under the Mercy4Mankind Charity Challenge, which also included two separate 10k run events and a Paris to London bikeathon, which raised £3,894.25 for the British Red Cross.
i100.co.uk has contacted The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association for comment.