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Fasting Muslim DJ cycles 1500km for Jewish, Christian and Islamic charities

19 Jun 2017

16 June 2017

Fasting Muslim DJ cycles 1500km for Jewish, Christian and Islamic charities

A MUSLIM DJ is cycling the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats to fundraise for Jewish, Christian and Muslim charities, while going without food and water as he marks the holy month of Ramadan. 

Imy Shah, 44, is cycling 874 miles at his local gym in Luton to raise money for three different faith charities, Jewish Care, Penny Appeal and Tearfund, as well as local charity Keech Hospice Care. 

Imy, who works for Monarch Airlines and DJs part-time, said he believed it was crucial to tackle division between faiths. The father of two will undertake the gruelling challenge at his local gym, Bannatyne Health Club. The cycle ride comes in the wake of recent terrorist attacks on London Bridge and Manchester Arena.​ 

He said: “There’s some division between groups at the moment so I decided to choose three faith charities to support. In my view, what matters is that we are good to each other. 

He added: “I am a regular at the gym but I don’t usually do cardio, so cycling is a real challenge for me and the saddles on the bikes in the gym are definitely not made for long distances! Doing this challenge during the 30 days of Ramadan is even more of a test as I won’t be eating or drinking during the day. ” 

Jane Pleace, Global Fundraising Director at Tearfund, said: “We are thrilled and honoured that Imy is taking on this immense physical challenge to raise money for Tearfund as well as other faith organisations. At Tearfund we work in more than 50 countries, serving people of all faiths, who are in desperate need. Inspiring fundraisers like Imy make it possible for us to bring life-saving training and assistance to people all over the world.” 

Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Jewish Care, Daniel Carmel-Brown, said: “We want to thank Imy and wish him the best of luck with this fantastic challenge. As well as taking on a tough challenge by cycling hundreds of miles on top of working everyday whilst fasting for Ramadan his interfaith fundraising is truly inspiring and sends a very positive message of unity to people across all communities.” 

Penny Appeal’s Fundraising and Events Manager, Haroon Mota said: “We are amazed by Imy’s efforts and his desire to support great causes. Going 30 days without food and drink for 19 hours of each day is quite exhausting alone. As if the lack of food and sleep wasn’t challenging enough, he’s cycling 50km on average for 30 consecutive days. “At Penny Appeal, we are providing poverty and emergency relief in 30 crisis hit countries worldwide, and it’s incredible to see what Imy is prepared to endure to help transform thousands of lives. We would like to thank Imy for choosing to support Penny Appeal, and wish him the best of luck until he reaches John O’Groats.” 

Imy is also raising money for Keech Hospice Care in Luton, which has supported several of his friends in recent years. 

Banita Mistry, Regional Fundraiser at Keech Hospice Care, said: “We think it is amazing that Imy has taken on such an enormous challenge during Ramadan and wish him the best of luck. We can’t thank him enough for his support as we rely on people like Imy to raise 70 per cent of the £5.6million funding we need each year as a charity to continue to make sure no adult or child with a life-limiting or terminal illness has to face it alone.” 

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