Charity Reception and Dinner – Wolverhampton

Members from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association (AMEA) West Midlands officially launched their Regional Charity Walk for Peace 2019 at the Charity Reception held on Friday 6th of September 2019 in the Wolverhampton Mayor’s Parlour to a packed hall of charities and civic dignitaries. The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Cllr Clare Drake graciously invited AMEA  to hold the reception at this newly renovated civic suite after a presentation was given to her on the workings and achievements of Charity Walk for Peace.

AMEA West Midlands started preparing the event soon after the national walk in June 2019. Both the executive committee and operational committee held several weekly meetings to plan and decide upon the event plan, requirements by the council, inviting charities and other guests. A close coordination was maintained with the Mayoral team and other related departments at the Wolverhampton Council. Regional President, and his regional team provided full support and guided the team fully. A charity donations was made and letters for prayers were written to His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed, may God be his helper, worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, for a successful reception.

By the grace of God 103 external guests including representatives from various local and national charities, public support departments and armed forces attended this event. Among the distinguished dignitaries who attended the reception were:

  1. Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Dr Satya Sharma
  2. Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Clare Drake
  3. Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley
  4. Deputy Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Suzanne Hartwell

The event was chaired by Mr. Rafi Ahmad, Vice Chairman of CWFP and Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association and started with recitation and translation of the Holy Quran followed by a brief presentation on Charity Walk for Peace initiatives.

Guest speakers spoke about their involvement with the Charity Walk for Peace and about the work and support that Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association West Midlands is providing to the local community support initiatives:

Dr Satya Sharma DL

The role of lieutenancy office is same as of Ahmadiyya Community that is the community cohesion and I am really impressed by what Ahmadies are doing.CWFP is providing a platform to charities to collect money which is great. British Red Cross will be represented by two of its vice presidents at the walk. I will be away but my thoughts, my soul and my prayers will be with CWFP for a successful walk.

Councillor David Stanley – Mayor of Dudley

I am delighted and feel privileged to be here at this reception and to be part of charitable work that CWFP is doing. I can see local as well as national charities both will benefit from monies raised by CWFP. I wish them every success for the walk in October and would like to provide all support I can give

Tom Chisholm – Wolverhampton Police

The work that Ahmadiyya community is doing in pulling everyone together is really important. It helps us protect and looking after each other. I will be delighted to be part of the walk on October 26th

Sophie Snell – RBL

We really value the contribution of CWFP in helping us raising funds for poppy and thank the community for providing us support through volunteers which helped us in raising over half a million pounds last year

CWFP Midlands has supported following charities:

  • WPH Counseling – Walsall Mayor’s chosen charity for 2018
  • Derbyshire Children Holiday Center
  • Breath of Life Seventh Advent day – Smethwick
  • Staffordshire Wild Life Trust – Stafford
  • Little Hearts – Walsall
  • Derby Women Center – Derby
  • Unity Street – Birmingham
  • Wellbeing Works – Burton
  • Kings Norton Girls School – Kings Norton
  • Langar Aid – Leicester
  • Northleigh House School – Warwickshire
  • Nottingham Hospice – Nottingham
  • BUDS Better understanding of Dementia in Sandwell
  • Women Aid Integrated Services
  • Adoption Focus – Birmingham
  • World Wars Muslim Memorial Trust
  • Birmingham Christmas Shelter
  • National Coalition Building Institute
  • Milli’s Foundation – West Bromwitch
  • Bakersfield and Community Neighbourhood Centre

The regional walk is scheduled for October 26, 2019 at West Park, Wolverhampton and it is hoped that the walk will be a great initiative to provide support to more local charities, including:

  • Sense
  • The Heaven Wolverhampton
  • The National Caribbean Monument Charity
  • Many Tears Animal Rescue
  • Swanswell – Blue Light
  • Walsall See Cadets
  • John Taylor Hospice
  • Bread project
  • Talking Wellbeing
  • Accord Age Matters
  • SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity
  • The Way Youth Zone School
  • Rotary Club of Halesowen
  • Huggle Pets in the Community

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