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Mission Morocco team set to drive from London to Morocco in aid of children

Jubair Khan, a video production manager from Reading, is one of the Mission Morocco team who will be undertaking a grueling road trip from London to Morocco in March 2012 to raise funds for children.

The team, which comprises of Omar Esa, Nozhrul Islam and Zainul Abedin were inspired to raise funds for international humanitarian development charity, Muslim Aid and the children’s medical research charity, Sparks, after learning about the issues facing children both in the UK and across Europe and Africa.

The Mission Morocco team will be driving from London to Tangiers, Morocco on March 24 and aim to reach the city in less than three days, with limited fuel. The grueling challenge will see the team travel 1600 miles across two continents.

Jubair, who is leading the team of volunteers said: “The team feels strongly about issues impacting on babies and children, as some of us are students of medicine and work within the NHS. We wanted to do something to raise awareness and vital funds for children in Africa who face many difficulties due to the extreme poverty and for children’s medical research, which is desperately underfunded in the UK.”

A Spokesperson for Muslim Aid, said: “We are truly fortunate to have supporters such as Jubair and his team. They are an inspiration to all of us and have set a great example of dedication to serving humanity. With more supporters taking on challenges such as Mission Morocco to raise funds for projects like our Rainbow Family Programme, we are confident that Muslim Aid will be able to reach more people.”

Helen Farquharson, Spark’s London and South East Regional Fundraiser, comments: “We are delighted that the team has chosen to support Sparks through Mission Morocco. The fundraising efforts of Jubair and his team will help us in our own mission to help more babies be born healthy and stay healthy. Children’s medical research is desperately underfunded but there is some great work going on across the UK and Sparks funding is vital in helping this work continue. We will be cheering on the brave team on every step of the way!”

Notes to Editors:

About Muslim Aid

1. Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 26 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, microfinance and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.

2. Muslim Aid puts great emphasis on welfare of children. Through its Rainbow Family Programme, it has already supported thousands of economically deprived children in over 17 countries including Sudan, The Gambia and Somalia. Muslim Aid's Equal Access to Education project, running in the drought affected regions of Somalia, has successfully enrolled 8,596 students in 36 primary schools and 24 child friendly centres for the academic year 2011-2012. Similar programmes have been running in other countries like Bosnia and Pakistan.

3. For further information about the work of Muslim Aid and its overseas field offices, please visit the Muslim Aid website at www.muslimaid.org to tune in to Muslim Aid TV or go to our Twitter Account Muslim_Aid or contact Inlia Aziz on (+44) 020 7377 4200; inlia@muslimaid.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Sparks

As a leading children’s medical research charity Sparks is dedicated to funding and championing pioneering research into a range of conditions affecting babies, children and mums-to-be. Since 1991, it has committed over £22 million into pioneering research projects across a wide spectrum of medical conditions including childhood cancers, cerebral palsy, premature birth and spina bifida. In total, the charity has funded 233 research projects in more than 80 hospitals and universities across the UK.

Through the research funded by Sparks, it aims to improve the quality of life for children and families affected by serious illness or disability today, whilst seeking ways to better diagnose, treat and prevent these conditions in the future.

For more information on Sparks, visit www.sparks.org.uk or contact Helen Farquharson on helen@sparks.or.guk This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07535 975 568.

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