Need for Speed 2014 – Race For Charity

Last year we made a promise that ‘Race For Charity 2014′ would be bigger and better and Alhamdulillah, that’s exactly what happened by the Grace of Allah SWT and thanks to the Race For Charity organising team; Muhibur Rahman, Mostafa Hussain and Wajid Chaudhry.

This year’s (new) race format proved to be fun yet challenging, making the participants work really hard for those donations. But the 66 participants who took part in the “Need For Speed 2014” race were truly committed to see themselves through to the finishing line and in some cases, even progress – through to the next heat.

The money raised this year will be going towards two very relevant and worthy causes; Orphans In Need (OIN) and Islamic Forum Europe (IFE).  OIN will use the money to provide support and shelter to orphans and widows in Syria.  IFE will use the money raised for Dawah and outreach initiatives in the UK.  Alhamdulillah, the Race For Charity project has raised a staggering £28.5k, more than three times the amount of last year! This is all due to the hard work from all the participants, supporters and volunteers and of course, all those who donated towards these fantastic causes.

The race day arguably had more twists and turns than anything you’ve ever likely to have seen before. Although many teams had good finishing times, with some even celebrating like they had won the world cup, it was only the fastest eight teams overall that went through to the semis which was then subsequently followed by the four fastest teams then making the Grand Final. The eventual winners were Team Sponge Bob with a record breaking time of 6 minutes and 59 seconds. Team Sea Lions seemed like they were nailed on to secure the silver medals, but right at the very death, Team Kauther just pipped them to it with a time of 7 minutes and 37 seconds, leaving Team Sea Lions in third place and picking up the bronze medals with a time of 7 minutes and 42 seconds.

The winning team members; Johirul Hussain, Amirul Hussain and Jalal Miah each received a gold medal and the much coveted RFC “Cup of Champions”.  They also received a Kindle Fire HD 6 each. Well done boys, you are now officially RFC Legends!

The race for the Highest Fundraising award saw even more drama.  Mostafa Hussain, RFC Participant Liaison & Fundraising Officer, said that the teams competing for the top spot were making “interesting maneuvers worthy of a Formula 1 spectacle”. Some of the top fundraising positions were changing on a daily basis even up until and including the last 30 minutes before the fundraising deadline, where the top position must have changed at least five times, it was a real battle for that top place, truly inspirational! However, there could only be one winner and this year, Team Upton Park comprising of Irfaan Patel, Mohammed Shaek Miah and Mohammed Juned Miah raised the most money at £3553.85 and won their very own version of the much sought after “Cup of Champions!”  Well done to the Upton Park boys! They were closely followed by Team Kauther in second position with a total of £3,539.98. It really couldn’t have been much closer than that!  In third place, with a very respectable total of £2,030.55, was team Team Al Ansar. MashaAllah to all the brothers who really pushed the bar to raise this much money – may Allah reward you all! Team Upton Park has now also entered into RFC folklore and in doing so, also secured the newly released Kindle Fire HD 7 as their top prize.

To cap off this year’s RFC “Need For Speed 2014” event, the organisers held an Award Ceremony and Dinner at the LMC hosted by RFC Chairperson Nazmul Toropdar. This was attended by all participants, volunteers and supporters of RFC. There were also presentations from the CEO of Orphans In Need Tufail Hussain and IFE UK President, Hussain Sheefar. They both expressed their thanks and gratitude to the participants and donors explaining the difference the money raised would make to the beneficiaries and work carried out by the respective charities.