LOCAL YOUTH CHARITY DEPLOYS VOLUNTEERS TO FLOOD HIT AREAS
By amayauktahir | Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 20:23
A UK youth charity, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), has
AMYA Volunteer helps packing sandbags with the Army
been calling on local councils and communities affected by the horrific
weather conditions to contact them for assistance.
As part of the AMYA's emergency relief initiative, more than 150
volunteers have been assisting families affected by the powerful winds
and heavy rain. In some cases volunteers have travelled more than 100
miles to assist those affected in remote areas.
AMYA's national Relief and Disaster Director, Yousaf Aftab, said:''There
are more than 150 volunteers working tirelessly across the south of
England and thousands of reserve volunteers waiting to help. We would
like anyone who needs help, regardless of the time or location, to get
in touch and we will respond.
''We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the local communities
we have been helping, like the amazing people at St Paul's Church in
Staines who let our volunteers offer their Friday prayers today in the
Church. Their actions and unyielding spirit are an example of the very
best of Britain.
Cllr Shannon Saise-Marshall, Councillor at Runnymede, Chertsey, said:
"I'm here at the Runnymede Council now and we are publicly thanking
Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth for all their generous help. True heroes rolling
up sleeves and getting on with the job. Bless you."
Volunteers have been based in Surrey, Berkshire, Middlesex, Dorset,
Somerset, and North West England. The majority of the AMYA volunteers
were based in Staines, working side-by-side with army soldiers
to help with laying sandbags and clearing homes of water, however other areas are now being covered.The charity is
operating a 24 hour rota with a central team surveying the hardest hit
areas and deploying volunteers, 4x4 vehicles and supplies wherever their
is a need. The elderly, Churches and schools have been prioritised.
The AMYA also planted 1,300 trees this week as part of its environmental
campaign to help relieve the impact of flooding. This takes the total
trees planted by the charity over the past year to 75,000 across England