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Harrow Mayor Asad Omar's Pakistan flood appeal needs a miracle!



By Jack Royston


TIME is running out on a campaign to build houses for 10 families left homeless by the Pakistan floods.

Harrow's mayor Councillor Asad Omar's launched a bid in late October to raise £50,000 to help some of those worst affected by the disaster, which killed around 1,600 people and left 20m homeless.

The campaign has so far raised £32,000 of a £50,000 target and organisers have been out to the country to decide who in the Kohistan region of Pakistan will benefit from the money.

But snow is starting to fall in parts of Pakistan and if the outer shells of the houses are not completed before November when the bitterly cold winter starts to sets in, construction may have to shut down.

Mohammed Rahman, an organiser of the campaign, said: “In terms of the funds coming in its levelled off.

“Regardless of that we've started the work because we didn't want to hang around. Winter is on its way now and the snow is starting to creep in.

“We should be able to get to £40,000 within the next month but to get to £50,000 by the end of 2010 will be difficult unless something miraculous happens.”

There will be an Autumn fair on Sunday at North Harrow Assembly Halls from 11am to 3pm, featuring martial arts displays, a raffle, a bouncy castle and a barbeque, to raise money.

Navin Shah, London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, is promoting another event to highlight young talent in Harrow on Friday, October 29.

Sham D will headline the event at arenas one and two of Harrow Leisure Centre, in Christchurch Avenue, Wealdstone, and will be supported by Tasha Tah and Romy Shay.

All volunteers will pay their own expenses, including to fly out to the country to help, meaning 100 per cent of the money raised will go to helping those in need.

Anyone wishing to donate can make out a check to the Mayor of Harrow's Pakistan Flood Appeal and send it to the Mayor's Parlour, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow.

Alternatively visit for other ways to give money.


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18th October 2010