First organised in 1985, this year represents the 28th anniversary of AMYA’s (Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association) Challenge. The annual event sets the ‘challenge’ to Muslim youth to raise funds for British 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 £1.5 million for charitable causes.
More than £145,000 was raised on the day for 26 UK charities, including the British Heart Foundation, Save the Children UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, RNIB, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Barnardo’s and Humanity First. Much more is expected to be collected by the end of the year as sponsorships are collected.
At the commemorative dinner held at the conclusion of the event MK Dons Chief Executive, John Cove also addressed the attendees.
Last year, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK joined in the celebrations by hosting a 10km run or walk at the Tower of London, raising money for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust. 800 young British Muslim took part with others helping to raise £350,000 for supported charities.
The charities supported were:
- 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