A fundraising drive for the Poppy Appeal was launched in Aldershot and Farnborough last week by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association (AMEA). Members of the AMEA will volunteer on a stall in Asda, Farnborough each day over the next two weeks and on stalls at Sainsbury’s Cobham. They hope to match last years national fundraising efforts for the Royal British Legion which totalled £685,000. At the launch of their fundraiser, the AMEA were joined by the Mayor of Rushmoor and councillors and Cllr John Marsh made the first contribution to the campaign. Owais Ahmad Jonnud, president of the AMEA Aldershot South, said: “In Islam, we are taught to show love for and loyalty to the nation in which we live. This great nation has given us security and the freedom to live our lives and practice our faith without fear.
“Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association are committed to serving humanity, and feel it extremely important to give back to our nation and community and one of the ways in which we do this is by fundraising for the poppy appeal. As many of us here live in and around the Home of the British Army, we consider this a wonderful opportunity to help those who served their country for the sake of peace and to remember those who lost their lives during the World Wars.” In recent years the AMEA has raised £7.2million nationwide by fundraising in
supermarkets, railway stations and town centres.
Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor John Marsh said: “It’s good to see that the British Legion is being supported, especially here in Aldershot and Farnborough and I thank the Muslim community for their tremendous support. It’s good to see the whole community comes together not just Muslims but everybody else within the borough, comes together to support the British Legion and long may that continue.”