A not-for-profit organisation that was established in memory of Derby teenager Halimah Ahmed has raised a phenomenal £74,500 after holding a fundraising dinner at Anoki fine dining Indian restaurant.


Eighty guests attended the charity event held at Anoki’s London Road restaurant in Derby, which raised £74,500 through ticket sales and donations.


The Halimah Trust was established in 2008 by the family and friends of Halimah Ahmed who passed away in November 2007, aged just 19. Halimah had just started university to study International Relations, with the aim of becoming a UN Ambassador.


The trust has since become one of the most trusted and effective charities operating in Third World countries, working hard to improve the lives of many orphaned and needy children through education.


The trust’s flagship project, The Halimah School of Excellence, was opened in 2011 in Wazirbad, Pakistan. The school has helped more than 400 girls aged 4 to 18 who are orphans or from poor families unable to afford send them to school, and is now producing a high calibre of students.


Money raised from the fundraiser will go towards the £326,000 needed to fund The Halimah Trust’s next project – the construction of a purpose-built college that will prepare 16 – 18 year olds for university.


The college will be built next to the school in Wazirbad and will cater for around 400 ambitious young women per year who will be able to study subjects such as Humanities, Economics, Computer Sciences, Pre-Medical and Pre-Engineering.


Commenting on the event, Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed, Chair of The Halimah Trust said:


“Once again our family, friends and neighbours have shown their compassion and generosity.


“Our very first event in Derby for the Halimah Trust was hosted by Anoki, which helped us to build the Halimah School of Excellence. Six years on and many of the orphan and needy girls at the school are now ready for college.


“So again, Naveed and his team at Anoki on London Road, headed up by Ibrahim, did us proud and made all of our guests feel like family. The target was to raise an ambitious £60k, but the result was an incredible £74,500!”


Naveed Khaliq, owner of Anoki, added:


“It is always a great pleasure to host fundraising events at Anoki as they can have a real impact on such a great number of people across the world.


“The Halimah Trust continues to help young women from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing the foundation to help these girls achieve their dreams and knowing we’ve contributed to this in some small way is incredibly gratifying.


“The Trust does some really amazing work and to raise £74,500 is a fantastic achievement. On behalf of the entire Anoki team, I’d like to wish the trust every success with their continued fundraising activities and projects.”

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