- Dabirul Islam Choudhury, a 100-year-old man, has raised £60K after he set out to just raise £1K by walking 100 laps in his garden
- What makes his fundraising charity against coronavirus special is that he is doing it during Ramadan fasting
- Dabirul said his idea was inspired by Colonel Tom Moore who broke Guinness World Records for raising a £32 million for the NHS
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A 100-year-old man, Dabirul Islam Choudhury, has shown one of the core virtues of Ramadan as helped raise the sum of £60K for the fight against the coronavirus.
He did so by doing 100 laps of his garden as he fasted for Ramadan. He was inspired to do so after he saw the feat of Colonel Tom Moore, who raised £32 million for the NHS, Metro reports.
Though Dabirul set out to raise £1K, he surpassed that just hours after he started on Sunday. He said that he would continue raising money until the end of the holy fasting season.
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Briefly.co.za gathered that the centenarian has been part of many fundraising projects over the years.
His son had this to say:
“When we started, we started at a small pace but he’s been increasing his number of laps he’s doing. The problem we have is that we have to try and stop him because he wants to carry on,” his son said.
Antique said that his father’s fundraising will be going to vulnerable people in places like Bangladesh who rely on their daily earning not to go hungry.
The money from the charity will be coordinated by the Ramadan Family Commitment (RFC) Covid-19 crisis initiative, a programme managed by the British-Bangladeshi television, Channel S.
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Meanwhile, A generous business owner and his friends have banded together to help 36 of his most at-risk employees.
The company is currently shut due to lockdown and none of the employees, including the owner, are getting paid. Tamelo Dodson took to Facebook and posted in the Facebook group #ImStaying to praise her husband for helping his struggling workers.
Briefly.co.za learned that she thanked her husband, Shaun, and his friends for being "true reflections" of what it means to be good.
Here is her message in full:
"The company my husband works for is unfortunately closed until Level 1. As it’s an independently owned business it’s not able to support staff indefinitely, so it’s no work no pay for their entire company, like so many other South Africans. So my husband (in his personal capacity) and a number of his friends have started collecting groceries and foodstuffs for 36 of his most at-risk subordinates.
"To Shaun’s ex-teammates, a gracious thank you! ❤️ This would not be possible without you. You are men amongst men and a true reflection of the good to be found in your industry."
Facebook users praised Shaun for his efforts.
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