On Sunday the 27th of September 2015, Minhaj-ul-Quran International London, hosted an event in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support at its local centre in Newham, London. The purpose of the event was in order to raise awareness within the community with regards to the dangers of cancer and the support network available to those who suffer from this deadly disease.
The event was hosted by brother Muzammel Rafiq who thanked all the participants for their attendance, with a special mention to the 'bakers' who from their own expense baked cakes to sell in order to raise money for the event. A number of brothers and sisters were tasked with baking cakes with the promise of prizes to be distributed to the best male and female baker.
A prominent local doctor from east London, Doctor Farrukh was also in attendance and he gave further information on cancer and the need to support such charities. The best cakes were awarded to brother Uzair Zahid and sister Sana Asif accordingly.
In the closing section of the event, brother Abbas Aziz took to the stage and thanked Minhaj-ul-Quran for conducting such a diverse event whilst also informing the local community on the establishment of The Minhaj Healthcare Centre. This will formally be opened in the coming days and can be found on the first floor of the mosque, which will cater for the medical needs of local patients in the area.
All in all the event was a mammoth success in terms of raising awareness and in the collection of funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. In excess of £400 was raised thanks to the generosity of those who were in attendance. The hosts of the event have promised that they shall be hosting various events similar to this in the coming weeks and months.
The community team would finally like to thank Minhaj-ul-Quran London for its continued support. Likewise all those who attended and contributed from the local community have and always will be an asset to the local centre. We are nothing without your continued support. Thank you.
Report by Umar Naveed