SCLT Charity Participate in 2017 Charity Walk for Peace
Sunday 14th May 2017 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones, joining 3500 other participants in the 2017 Charity Walk for Peace, which is annually held by the Ahmadiyyan Muslim community in Silver Town near Canary Wharf in South East London.
The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam was founded by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1889 who proclaimed to be the Promised Messiah of the latter days. Since its inception, the community has strived tirelessly to present the true interpretation of Islam – the message of peace; uniting communities with the motto of “Love for All Hatred for None”. The community advocates peace, tolerance, love and understanding among followers of different faiths.
The community has its humble beginnings in Qadian, a remote village in India, and today the community is busy serving mankind in over 200 countries of the world. The UK chapter of the Ahmadiyya Movement was established in 1913 and is one of the oldest Muslim communities in the UK; and in 1926 built the first mosque in London, known today as the London Mosque.
Helping the less fortunate, the community has opened more than 500 schools & colleges; over 30 hospitals, dispensaries and hospices in the poorest regions of the world which serve all, irrespective of their ability to pay.
Majlis Ansarullah, an auxiliary organisation of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, has been at the forefront in organising charity walks here in the UK. Since the commencement of the Charity Walk for Peace, over 3.5 million pounds has been raised, which has been distributed to well over 115 UK based charities including Age UK; British Heart Foundation; Great Ormond Street Hospital; Action for Children; Save the Children; Cancer Research; The Royal London Society for Blind People; Samaritans; and Macmillan Cancer Support as well as many more local charities. Over 90 percent of donated funds are spent directly on aid projects.
SCLT presenter, Ash Jones (arrowed) awaits the start of the Charity Walk for Peace
At the conclusion of the 5-mile charity walk, Ash Jones, who serves as an enrichment presenter for the charity commented, "I have been delighted to have joined all the other walkers in this fantastic charity walk for peace. This is the 3rd occasion I have had the privilage of participating in this event and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and finding out more about the Ahmadiyyan Muslim faith.
The ethos of this faith group is simple, 'Love for all and hatred for none', and the adherents of the Ahmadi faith truly live their lives with that virtue in their hearts. We are extremely pleased to be associated with the Ahmadiyyan Muslim community and we value the support, both financial and spititual that they have in our charitable activities"