A New Malden optometrist championed a high-profile fundraiser to support the needs of children at home and overseas.

About the event

Ahmed Zimar Sivardeen led a fundraising evening on November 19 at Ravens Ait Island which raised over £11,000 on behalf aid of Muslim Aid’s Rainbow Family Programme, which supports the education, health and general wellbeing of children around the world.

The father of three, an optometrist and director at Specsavers in New Malden, led The Night for Children in his role as chairman of the British Sri Lankan Association, and made a donation of £250 on the night on behalf of his colleagues at Specsavers in New Malden.

In attendance at the event were Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Muslim Aid Trustee; Dr Chanaka H Talpahewa, Sri Lankan High Commissioner; Mr Mustafa Mujezinovic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina and comedian and entertainer Prince Abdi.

A word from Ahmed

Ahmed, who addressed the 150 gathered guests, said: ‘As a father and a healthcare professional, the Rainbow Family Programme is a cause close to my heart. On behalf of the British Sri Lankan Association and Muslim Aid, we would like to say thank you for the support in helping us raise such a fantastic sum of money for a cause which provides for children of all nations and beliefs who are in need.’

More about the charities

The British Sri Lankan Association is an organisation which exists to promote unity and harmony between communities in the UK and Sri Lanka.

Muslim Aid is a British humanitarian charity which strives to alleviate poverty and provide education and basic amenities for all.

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