Sunderland shoppers’ help for orphans

Students collecting for charity in Sunderland.

Students collecting for charity in Sunderland.

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GENEROUS shoppers helped students raise more than £350 in one afternoon for charity.

Students from the University of Sunderland and Sunderland College came together in the city centre to raise money for orphans and children in need in third world countries.

The event was organised as part of Charity Week, founded 10 years ago by Muslim students in University of London Union and supported by Islamic Relief.

It now involves more than 100 institutions up and down the UK, has funded 30 projects in the third world, supported 50,000 orphans and needy children and raised more than £2.4million.

Bilkis Akhter, who organised the event in Sunderland, said: “All of us felt the need to get involved in the wider community, to break down barriers between young Muslims and the community.

“We truly feel Charity Work is a rewarding task, but even more so when we get to involve our own community to share the reward.

“Most of the students have lived in Sunderland all our lives. We love our city and are proud Mackems. Others are accommodated UK students and others international students, but we 
all loved meeting the locals, sharing a part of our lives with each other.

“We raised £366 that afternoon, and by “we” I don’t mean just the students, I mean Sunderland.”