London, 16 july : Last year Councillor Noor, who represents Barkingside Ward in Redbridge, set himself a personal challenge: to run 5km each week for a whole year to raise funds for families struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, 11 April 2021, just before the holy of month of Ramadan began, Cllr Noor reached his target.
“I have donated about 1.5 tonnes of food and household items to the Redbridge Foodbank from the proceeds of my weekly charity runs,” said Cllr Noor. He completed his weekly run whatever the weather – even running through the snow, and he also ran during Ramadan, when he was fasting.
Over the year Cllr Noor often ran 5 miles rather than stop at 5km, and he also completed his first half-marathon – clocking up around 400 kilometers in all. Cllr Noor raised £1,200 – well above his target of £1,000.
Cllr Noor began delivering food to Redbridge Food Bank on Saturday, 3 October. He recently completed 11 weeks of food delivery and volunteering for Redbridge Foodbank
Speaking to mark this milestone, Cllr Noor said, “I am pleased to have the opportunity to deliver much needed food and other household items to those in need within our local community. As Ramadan was a special time of giving to those less fortunate, I delivered food parcels to Redbridge Foodbank on Saturdays. These gifts were funded by donations I received during my year-long charity run. I appreciate all those who kindly donated and supported my efforts.”
Cllr Noor continued, “While Coronavirus does not discriminate in terms of whom it infects, the impact of COVID-19 is disproportionately high for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The Coronavirus crisis has exposed the underlying deprivation and inequalities in health and society that exist within the UK. Some ethnic groups are more likely to suffer economically than others from this Covid-19 crisis.
“Most of the pandemic restrictions are coming to an end but we have collective responsibility to continue looking after those who are in need and vulnerable. It is our moral responsibility to do all we can to ensure that families and children are not going to bed hungry as parents cannot afford to put food on their plates.”
Cllr Noor also gave special thanks to the members of Jogging 4 Healthy Living, Redbridge, for their support and encouragement. Cllr Noor set up this Jogging Club as the legacy of his first 52-week charity run to benefit homeless people, which he completed in September 2019.