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101-year-old fundraiser to lead charity walk while fasting for Ramadan

Emily Chudy, PA
·2-min read

A centenarian fundraiser is to lead a global walking challenge while fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Dabirul Islam Choudhury, 101, was made an OBE after previous fundraising efforts raised more than £420,000 during lockdown.

He has set the challenge, which has seen people in more than 150 cities worldwide sign up to raise funds for Covid-19 victims.

The challenge, which has so far raised more than £8,000, was originally due to take place on April 17, but was changed to April 24 to avoid a clash with the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

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The challenge will see people walk in their local park or garden, with the aim of reaching 1.5 million steps by everybody taking part.

Funds raised will be divided equally among the partner charities of CHS TV’s Ramadan Family Commitment initiative, helping families and victims affected by Covid-19 worldwide, as well as people in refugee camps.

Mr Choudhury’s son, Atique Choudhury, said: “My father has always been a very active and giving person.

“He is determined to help those in need, especially families of those who have lost loved ones due to the deadly virus.”

Inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore, Mr Choudhury raised more than £420,000 last year for various charities and the NHS by walking 970 laps of his garden in Bow, east London, in May, also during Ramadan.

When he was made an OBE in October he said: “I feel proud they have honoured me for the efforts I have done. I thank everybody from the bottom of my heart.”

For the Walk With Dabirul challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/team/euwithdabirul