A group of volunteers came together for the third year running to host a fundraising dinner in the Ashton Central Mosque on Sunday 2nd April 2017. The Minhaj-ul-Quran Ashton teamed up again with Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) to raise awareness and much needed funds to build clean water facilities for families in the forgotten desert of Tharparkar (Sindh, Pakistan).
More than 300 people turned up to the event raising an amazing £22,000. The event saw a wide range of performances; the main highlight was the Qawwali (sufi music) by the famous Qaiser Group, odes in the praise of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) by Shahbaz Hassan and Kabir Ali. The event was hosted by Shaykh Ali Akbar and co-hosted by Zain Shabbhir.
Imam Ghulam Mohiyuddin al-Azhari (Head Imam of the Central Mosque) then spoke on the importance of water and how we should support this cause as a service to humanity
A number of guests were invited to highlight the plight of the water crisis and the ongoing need to support those affected in the third world.
It’s absolutely wonderful that so many people have come together today…just one drop of water could mean so much to somebody who hasn’t got anything, it’s like giving a life, today will no doubt help to save many lives.”, Civic Mayor of Tameside
Ashton is an example of diversity, everybody coming together in celebration of that difference and taking a stance in supporting fellow human beings around the world, congratulations to everybody., Chief Inspector of the Greater Manchester Police
There would not have been an industrial revolution if not for water… water is precious and today is an example of how vital water can be for people around the world., Councillor Ashton-under-Lyne
Minhaj Welfare Foundation would like to thank Minhaj-ul-Quran Ashton; the volunteers and the local members for their amazing and tireless efforts in supporting the people of Thar. Since 2015, more than £40,000 have been raised to build clean water facilities to more than 40,000 people and hopefully with the funds raised this year we are hoping that this figure will go to 60,000.
The cost of one large hand pump within Tharparkar is £450, benefiting approximately 300-500 people with sufficient clean drinking water for many years and the maintenance requirements are relatively low, in comparison with the tangible benefits of these pumps.
To support our clean water projects in Thar, please donate now.