UK: Ahmadi Muslim youth group fundraise for Stratford foodbank burglarized last month

UK: Ahmadi Muslim youth group fundraise for Stratford foodbank burglarized last month

 

As soon as members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) heard about the theft, they began fundraising in their Tudor Road mosque in Stratford.

St Paul’s Church in Stratford’s Maryland Road had the majority of its food stock taken just before a planned giveaway morning.

Police said the suspected burglars, who are thought to have struck between 8pm on August 22 and 8am on August 23, have not been found but an investigation is ongoing.

Ahmadiyya Muslims offer money as barriers broken down

Another positive to follow the foodbank burglary was the bringing together of faiths.

As soon as members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) heard about the theft, they began fundraising in their Tudor Road mosque in Stratford.

“We’re always looking for good causes to help and we’re always looking to break down barriers,” Yasser Khan, regional co-ordinator at AMYA, said.

“We do a lot of work with homeless people, so the foodbank seemed a great cause.

He added: “It was exactly what we want to see in the community – being brothers in arms.”

The AMYA raised £200 in just one afternoon and handed it over to St Paul’s in a cheque on Wednesday last week.

Mr Khan said Rev Fraser was “very, very happy” and sent him a “really nice” email to express his thanks.

“The response has been amazing,” Mr Khan said.

“There have definitely been good things coming from this.”

He added: “Our motto is, ‘Love for all and hatred for none’ and it doesn’t matter what faith people are.

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