A group of friends from Bradford have raised over £50,000 for the Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) by selling chocolate fudge cakes during the month of Ramadan.
Mainly thanks to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, the group suddenly became inundated with calls from across the country requesting the cakes.
Nadeem, who also works fulltime, had to take a month off work as demand reached fever pitch. What initially started with the hope of reaching £20,000, quickly became a reality as the cakes, which were sold for £10 each, became the talk of the town.
Speaking to Urban Echo, Nadeem said: “It was an incredible experience. We never anticipated that we would reach £50,000. It was a great team effort and it feels good that we have helped KORT during the month of Ramadan.
“I also took the whole month off work as did other people who helped as we wanted to see this through. With more planning, I am sure we can surpass this year’s amount and we are already planning another campaign next year. The cause is very close to our hearts and by raising this money, I hope we can help change lives in Kashmir. ”
KORT is a non-profit charity organisation that is providing food, shelter, clothing, medical care and education for almost 200 orphans, including children who were orphaned by the devastating earthquake of 2005 and the floods of 2010.
On 8 October 2005, a devastating earthquake struck Azad Kashmir at 8:52am as children studied at school and people were fast asleep following dawn prayers due to the month of Ramadhan. The powerful earthquake killed over 100,000 people and changed the lives of millions forever.
A group of friends led by Mohammed Akhtar who is born and bred in Bradford, travelled to the region of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on the 14th of October 2005 with over £100,000 worth of aid after witnessing events unfold in the media.
After distributing aid to the major devastated cities; Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Rawalakot and Mansehra, it was then realised by Mohammed Akhtar that there was a greater need for the longer term support of the children orphaned by the Earthquake. The name given to this noble cause was Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT).
The total amount raised by Mohammed Akhtar, Nadeem Malik and the team was £52,365.25. For more information on KORT and if you would like to make a donation, please visit www.kort.org.uk