Young Newham muslims clean up community

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 October 2011

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Young muslims from Newham took to the streets on the anniversary of 9/11 with brooms and litter-pickers to take part in a community clean up project.

Young Muslims from Newham took to the streets with brooms and litter pickers to take part in a community clean-up project.

The young people aged ­between 14 and 18 covered two miles on a ­Sunday afternoon from the edgle of ­Newham’s borough boundary at Bromley-by-Bow to the end of Roman Road market.

It was the brainchild of Bangladeshi charity Proshanti, with ­Anthony Silkoff and Rizwan Hussain from the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Anthony, 24, said: “It was fantastic to speak to so many local ­people about our project; shoppers were ­delighted to see 11 teenagers volunteering their Sunday afternooon for this.”

The teens, also raised over £270 from passers-by and ­local businesses impressed with their efforts.

The money will fund a Proshanti maternal health project in Bangladesh.

Rizwan, 26, said: “There was a real feeling of community spirit. Local businesses were willing to support these young people in their efforts to do something positive in the community.”

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