Mile End Deaf Race raises over £28,000 for charity

A selection of runners starting the race Pic: Melissa Wills

A selection of runners starting the race Pic: Melissa Wills

Early this month, Muslim charity Al-Isharah hosted their annual Deaf Run Race at Mile End Park, managing to raise £28,000 for various deaf friendly charities in Tower Hamlets.

500 runners, both hearing and non-hearing, ran the 3-kilometer Deaf Run Race for various charities that specialise in helping deaf and dumb communities.

Head of Operations Aminul Hoque said “I am very proud to be part of such a huge occasion, our hard work and dedication has really paid off as we’ve raised a combined total of over £28,000!”

The event featured a spicy hot wings challenge, jumbo sumo wrestling and an inflatable mega side as well as the main event.

The occasion was organised and hosted by several dedicated volunteers, who sold homemade confectionary, crafts and fashionable garments, all related to Asian culture.

A seller of asian confectionary Pic: Melissa Wills

A seller of asian confectionary Pic: Melissa Wills

One volunteer told Eastlondonlines: “I’ve helped organize, promote and market the event. To see everybody come together makes me glad to be a part of Al-Isharah. Our brotherhood is diverse representing and giving back to many charities.”

Charities represented in the race include Lonely Orphans, Islamic Help, Made in Europe, Human Relief Foundation, Brawlers Boxing Foundation and funds were also raised for London East Academy School.

Al-Isharah give back to Islamic communities throughout the Tower Hamlets borough hosting parent led consultation to help those who struggle to communicate giving them free sign language lessons in a pursuit to help Muslim children comprehend and understand Islamic teachings.

In 2009 they were commissioned by Tower Hamlets Council to research and profile the diverseness of deaf Muslims in London and document their experiences.

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