Funds to equip Syrian hospital

2017-10-31 06:00
An amount of R305 057 was raised by fellow club runners and handed over to Islamic Relief last Friday.

An amount of R305 057 was raised by fellow club runners and handed over to Islamic Relief last Friday.

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The late Ridwaan Bardien’s dream of raising funds to equip a field hospital in Syria has finally materialised. This comes after his fellow club runners continued his project after his death in August this year (Marathon runner passes away, People’s Post, 3 September). An astonishing amount of R305 057 was raised and handed over to Islamic Relief last Friday.

“Ridwaan’s sudden illness and passing came as a tremendous shock to me. A few days later, I was contacted by a group of his running friends, who wanted to fulfil his wish of raising the funds for the field hospital. And it was a deeply moving experience for me when they completed this task and presented Islamic Relief with the final cheque of R305 057,” says the humanitarian organisation’s CEO Yusuf Mohamed.

Mohamed says he first met Bardien in July of this year, when he heard of the humanitarian work that IR was doing in Syria.

“He called me up and requested a meeting to discuss how he could assist us to equip an emergency field hospital in the war ravaged country. I was amazed when he took on the personal responsibility to raise R300 000. All I provided brother Ridwaan with was the information on our work in Syria. He did the rest,” he says.

“Ridwaan would contact me get a periodic update on the funds collected, and to inform me of his plans. The last contact I had with him was when I provided him with a few video clips illustrating the extent of the crisis, which he wanted to show to some of his family and friends.”

Bardien was a “magnanimous soul”, says Mohamed. “Whether it was a neighbour going through some financial constraint or a Syrian orphan suffering the trauma of war, whoever was in need of assistance, he was always ready to assist. May the Almighty reward Ridwaan Bardien for initiating this wonderful effort, and bless all those involved in fulfilling his dream.”

V For more information call Islamic Relief SA on 080 0111 898.


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