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Blackburn man hikes 26 miles to raise money for Syria
10:57am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A TEAM of kind-hearted East Lancashire residents faced a gruelling test to raise over £2,000 of much-needed funds for families in Syria.
Blackburn resident Rizwan Kaduji and his team of 10 friends walked for 10 hours on a 26-mile trek from Manchester to Blackburn to provide money for food, medical aid and aid house building for Syrians displaced by the ongoing civil war.
The ‘Walk4Syria’ group, who have so far raised over £2,020 for relief charity Ummah Welfare Trust decided to take action after being left in shock by media reports of the large-scale deaths to civilians over the last several months.
They walked from Piccadilly Gardens through Salford, Kearsley and Bolton as part of their first fundraising effort which they hope to continue over the coming months.
Mr Kaduji, 22, who recently graduated from UCLan and lives on Whalley Old Road, said: “We didn’t want to just sit around and do nothing whilst the plight of these people continued.
“It was a very difficult day but we got to meet a lot of people on the way and spread the word about the situation in Syria and hopefully encourage more people to donate money to help.
“We would like to thank everyone who supported us on the day and who have donated money so far.”
To make a donation to the ‘Walk4Syria’ challenge go to: http://www.justgiving.com/walk4syria
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