CRICKETING LEGEND Waqar Younis will be guest of honour at an evening reception tomorrow (June 30) at the Mercia Banqueting Hall.
Hosted by Islamic Relief in Coventry, the event will aim to raise funds for the people of Gaza and will include a Q&A with the former Pakistan coach and long-standing supporter of Islamic Relief’s work.
The 44-year-old raised over £100,000 at a similar fundraising event in Bradford – Islamic Relief’s aim is to raise £11 million worldwide to save and transform lives.
Currently, Islamic Relief’s campaign to raise this sum is featured on more than 500 buses in Bradford, Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester.
Imran Madden, Islamic Relief’s director, said: “We have chosen bus advertising as one of the main components of our campaign this year because it allows us to put our message across cost-effectively to a wide cross section of people.
“This campaign is about raising awareness as well as raising funds.
“We want to inform people about what Islamic Relief really stands for and highlighting the huge generosity of the British Muslim community, who give more than £100 million in Ramadan to international aid charities alone.
“We hope our campaign will be received very positively because we have a positive message to share.”
Mohammed Nadeem, Islamic Relief’s community fundraising and volunteer officer in the West Midlands, said: “Waqar Younis is a true cricketing legend and we are extremely excited that he will be our guest.
“This is an emergency Zakat dinner and as such we hope that people will give as much as they can afford for the people of Gaza.”
The dinner starts at 7pm on Thursday (June 30) at the Mercia Banqueting Hall, Lockhurst Lane Coventry CV6 5PD.