The Manenberg Youth Umrah Group is raising funds in order to make it possible for youth and seniors to go abroad on pilgrimage in 2020. The group’s aims and objectives have been to afford youth and seniors from under privileged areas and backgrounds a religious journey to the holy places of pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia. “We currently have 50 youth and 30 seniors from poor communities such as Manenberg, Bontheuwel, Delft, Heideveld, Mitchell’s Plain, Athlone,” says group spokesperson Fatima Charles. “The cost per person is R17 000 and we raised funds to the value of R160 000 already.” According to Charles, the goal is to raise R250 000 by the end of this year. The group, however, urgently implores more donations to make this opportunity possible for their youth and senior members. “Our next fundraisers will be a Family Fun Day on 2 November, a Nasheet Competition on 30 November, and Eat and Treat on 21 December,” said Charles. “We appeal to the community for any assistance to achieve our aim and objective. It would be highly appreciated.” V For more information call Fatima Charles on 067 083 0838, or send a WhatsApp to 071 094 1611.