09 Jun Caring schoolgirl raises more than £10,000 to help injured children in hospital
A Birmingham schoolgirl has raised more than £10,000 to help children being treated at a hospital in East Jerusalem.
Nine-year-old Haziqah Iqbal, from Bordesley Green, was spurred into action after seeing footage of children being treated at the facility.
She persuaded her father to help her set up a JustGiving page, through Green Lane Mosque, with the initial aim of raising £1,000.
But that was smashed in a few hours and, helped by her four-year-old sister Khadeejah, she generated more than ten times the initial target – £10,223 in the space of a few weeks.
Haziqah was presented with a “Certificate of Appreciation” by Coun Majid Mahmood, on behalf of the mosque.
The girls’ proud dad Yuser Iqbal said: “My daughter watched the video of the children being supported at the Al-Makassed hospital and asked me if we could donate, which we did.
“I was shocked myself but am really proud of Haziqah and Khadeejah, who kept telling me every time someone donated.”
Coun Mahmood said: “I’m hugely proud of Haziqah who took on the challenge of helping the less fortunate.
“I watched her social media videos on a daily basis with her little sister. They captured the hearts of Brummies who donated in abundance.
“Well done to Haziqah and Khadeejah – her young campaign manager who spent their break off school on this worthwhile project.”
Source: Birmingham Mail