Muslim youth group sweeps away snow at local Church and Hospital
As Britain battles through snowy conditions, Young Ahmadi Muslims from across Croydon are on stand-by with salt and snow shovels to help ease any disruption caused.
Ever since the big snow showers of 2010, local members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) have come together to ensure that their neighbours and people driving or walking through their neighbourhoods do so safely.
Around 15 members of the Croydon branch of the AMYA, based out of Croydon Mosque on St. James' Road, set off from their early morning prayers on Saturday to clear important public areas in Croydon. The young volunteers cleared snow from the pathways leading to the entrances of Croydon University Hospital's A&E wing and the area surrounding the Holy Saviour Church.
Vicar Xavier Soosainayagan, from Holy Saviour Church, said:
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"They are wonderful people who have the conscience of public property and make sure of peoples' safety to the hospital or to places of worship. God bless them always. We love you."
This is the latest initiative of the AMYA's year long campaign to help those in need and raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for a number of UK charities. In the last month alone, local AMYA members held a blood donation session, fed the homeless on Christmas day, cleared the litter from the centre of Croydon on new year's morning and worked with Save the Children to raise donations at Morrisons Supermarkets.
Mubarak Shams, Regional Youth Leader of AMYA Croydon, said:
''This year marks the 100 year centenary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom and we take great joy in the fact that we have been running these kinds of initiatives since our arrival in this great country.
''The Prophet Muhammad was sent as a Mercy for the whole of mankind and so we try to seek every opportunity to help others. Anyone in need of help during these hazardous conditions can count on our support.''
Eric, an employee at Croydon University Hospital who assisted the volunteers as to where the snow was proving most problematic, said:
"This is great. I wish my boss was here to see this."
In March the Croydon branch of AMYA will holding a community football tournament to further enhance understanding and friendship between the multitude of communities in the borough.