Three South Africans will attempt to climb Mount Kilamanjaro – the highest free-standing mountain in the world – to raise funds for Palestinian children affected by war. Durban-based dentist, Muhammad Ridwaan Khan, and Gauteng electrical engineers, Nadim Mahomed and Muhammad Taher Khan, form part of an international team that will undertake the physically and mentally demanding journey to the top of Kilamanjaro from 2-12 July.
The expedition has been organised by the humanitarian group Muslim Hands as part of their annual Green Ribbon Week, an annual international fundraising initiative that raises awareness of the plight of children living in war-torn regions. The funds raised by the Kilamanjaro trip will be donated to children in the decimated Gaza area. Last year’s Green Ribbon Week project saw 60 people scale the Great Wall of China in aid of children in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan.
“We hope that by personally challenging ourselves physically and mentally to reach the top of Africa, we can motivate and inspire others to join us in this challenge to raise as much money as possible for Gaza’s children of war,” said Muhammed Taher Khan.
The group aims to raise R250 000 which will be used to provide food, medicines, educational supplies and trauma-counselling for Gazan children. Members of the public that would like to contribute to this cause can deposit funds directly into the following account:
Account Name: Muslim Hands
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Number: 071 621 881
Branch: Parow – 031110
Please indicate in the reference the Donor ID 933393 and type of donation (Zakaat/ Lillah/ Sadaqah) so that the money can be processed accordingly. E-mail your payment confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive official acknowledgement for your contribution.
While the trio have managed to secure some sponsorships, a substantial part of their trip expenses have not been covered, and they are appealing to the public to help them meet these costs before 17 June. Donations towards the trip costs can also be deposited into the same account, indicating ‘SPONSORSHIP’ as reference. Please note that no charity (ie. Zakaat, Lillah, Sadaqah) donated will be used to fund the trip costs.
Team-members will keep the public updated by blogging about their experiences on http://kilimanjaro4gaza.blogspot.com. Facebook users can also join the Kilamanjaro Expedition group on http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=72443843013
For more media interviews, photographs and more information, contact:
Muhammed Taher Khan
Ph: (Work) (016) 960 5288
(Home) (011) 486 0331
(Cell) 082 535 1201
Ph: 082 221 2312
Muhammad Ridwaan Khan
082 664 8898
Phone: (011) 830 2955
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