Islamic Relief organises a sport challenge: Climbing high for a good cause

Ali Nagi

An Egyptian-British youth is climbing Mount Everest to help the less fortunate. Kathleen Roche-Nagi shares her son’s ambitious campaign of raising funds to provide long time solution to water problems in Africa.

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My son, Ali, has just completed his A levels and is soon to undertake one of the greatest challenges of his life. On his 18th birthday a couple of months ago he decided that he wanted do to something beneficial for the plight of the children in Africa who are suffering serious illness and even death due to a lack of clean drinking water. 

Clean drinking water is something we take for granted in the West, we just go to the tap and have an abundance of fresh clean water at our finger tips to drink and have showers at our convenience. 

Fasting the month of Ramadan, doing without food and water for nearly 17 hours has highlighted for Ali the hardship of the children of Africa and has certainly made him more committed to achieving this goal. 

The challenge he is undertaking is to climb mount Everest in November this year, and has been organised by Islamic Relief. People can get involved by sponsoring him with all the money going directly to provide long term solutions to the water problems in West Africa. Islamic Relief are currently working on the ground in countries such as Mali, Chad and Niger, which are currently suffering from a severe draught. 

Water is the source of life and this challenge will help to provide people and children with clean, safe drinking water, allowing crops to grow, providing a source of food for both people and livestock. Selling crops also creates a source of income and, as a result, parents can afford to send their children to school as well as maintain a decent standard of living. Clean drinking water will also have a major impact on decreasing the number of infections and deaths within the tribes.

Through Virgin Money Giving, people can sponsor Ali and donations will be quickly processed. Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. As a mother, I really appreciate your support in highlighting the plight of the children of Africa and thank you for any donations.

‘The best form of charity is giving water to someone to drink’ – Hadith of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

Please support this good cause by contributing through the following link: 

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