SCLT Join Thousands in Annual Charity Walk for Peace
Sunday 8th June 2014, saw SCLT volunteers Jon Williams and Ash Jones travelling to the Baitul Futuh Complex in Morden, Surrey to participate in the annual Charity Walk for Peace, which is organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Over 2-thousand members of the Ahmadiyya community took part in the event, which raised nearly £200,000 for good causes.
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team had the great honour of being selected as one of the charities to be supported by the 2014 Walk for Peace, along with such established charities as; Action for Children, The British Heart Foundation and Age UK.
Volunteer Jon Williams commented on the experience, "Today has been a real eye-opener for me. I had no idea that the Ahmadiyya Muslim community were such great supporters of the wider UK community. We have been treated as honoured guests and I feel privilaged to have seen the remarkable Baitul Futuh Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Western Europe"
After the 6.5-mile charity walk had been completed, the participants and a huge number of invited guests and supporters all came together for an offcial banquet in celebration of the event. During the festivities a ceremony took place where senior members of the Ahmadiyya community presented donations to their selected charities.
SCLT volunteer Ash Jones accepted a cheque on behalf of the SCLT Charity, he said "I really don't believe that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting such a warm and friendly group of people. They are modest in their achievements and generous to a fault. It has been a true honour to be here today and to receive this most generous benefaction upon our small charity. The donation will allow us to help many vulnerable older adults stay safe in later life - Thank you"
Following the ceremony, Ash had the opportunity to address the gathering from the stage to thank them personally on behalf of all members of the SCLT.