VOLUNTEERING FOR THE HOMELESS COLLECTION CAMPAIGN DECEMBER 2017
By Sana Ali – Age 13 – Proud member of 7th Goodmayes Scout Group
“Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person, Allah will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter.” (Muslim)
It was early on a cold and crisp Saturday morning that we arrived at the Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery. There are many ways to spend a weekend and what better way to spend it than volunteering to sort out clothes and food to give to homeless people in our local area? After all, ‘charity begins at home’.
We were all excited and had untiring enthusiasm to help the homeless people and so we managed to crack on with the task despite the cold weather. When we arrived, there was a whole room full of bags and another room full of food! We anticipated that it would take the whole day to sort everything out, but because of all of our efforts put together and Allah’s help, we finished in one and a half hour, and still had another half an hour to spare, in which we took advantage of the free coffee, tea and biscuits that were provided for us J and having a blast of a time! The staff member Brother Omar congratulated us on our completion and made lots of Dua for us to benefit from our efforts in this world and the hereafter. He was impressed because he had not expected us to complete the task so effectively and efficiently. Another record broken by 7th Goodmayes Scout Group! We felt uplifted and eager to do more to help people who are less fortunate than ourselves and we intend to do this whenever the opportunity arises again. Volunteering is an excellent thing, and a lot can be gained out of it. As well as helping people, it also helps us to appreciate what we have and be grateful to Allah for all of his blessings. After all, when signing up as scouts we made a promise and we must keep to it:
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to Allah and to the country in which I live
to help other people and to keep the Scout Law
…and so we did! May Allah help us to uphold our promise and translate it into good deeds for ever and ever and ever! Ameen.
7th Goodmayes carried out its annual tree planting event at Gardens of Peace today. 420 trees donated by the Woodland Trust were planted with friends and helpers from the Group and others volunteering for the community. The Scouts involved worked towards their conservation badge whilst fulfilling an opportunity to take part in an important sunnah.
Cubs Space Camp 2016 @ Thriftwood Tented Village in Brentwood, Essex on the 19/02/2016 and 20/02/16 went brilliantly!
MashAllah even though we had some cold weather and rain (and mud!), the Cubs were in their true Scouting spirit and we enjoyed a plethora of activities, sleeping in a tent overnight and the lovely campfire with roasted marshmallows!
We at 7th Goodmayes decided that we wanted to raise some money for our scout group as we needed the money to pay for tents, and other essential equipment for all of the awesome things we get up to. That was when the exciting fundraising challenge, the 7th Goodmayes Multi-faith Sponsored Walk 2016 took place to coincide with our 10th anniversary as a scout group.
We were to walk a whole 15 miles visiting different places of worship along the way. And that was indeed an exciting challenge! The meet up place was Gardens of Peace Cemetery and our ending point was Barking Mosque. And so the 7th Goodmayes scouts began their adventure!
The weather on the walk was all over the place. Our scouts had been battered by wind, and beaten down on by hailstones, there was even a little bit of sunshine and plenty of rain, but as the scout motto is Be Prepared…….we were going to complete this walk no matter what the weather threw at us.
On the way, admittedly there were some moans and grumbles from scouts insisting that they were exhausted. I myself was not as tired as I thought I was going to be, and that was because of the excitement of the walk (the promise of chicken and chips at Barking Mosque certainly helped!) but as soon as we reached Valentines Park, our halfway point, the scouts were eager to play in the park -just goes to show how energetic 7th Goodmayes can be when they want to!
After we had lunch at Valentines Park, the scouts were joined by cubs and beavers as we continued to pass all the mosques, churches and a synagogue posing for photos where possible.
Certainly the scouts fought and battled the odds, and no matter what came their way they were brave and adventurous and completed the sponsored walk. When the final destination was in sight there were cheers from the scouts and whoops of joy. After such a long way the scouts were finally going to be rewarded for their valiant efforts.
The scouts feasted without hesitation and after that there was a closing ceremony. The scouts were congratulated for their achievements and presented with certificates and presents. The scout leaders were also congratulated for leading the walk with the sections. 7th Goodmayes are so lucky to have such committed scout leaders. The leaders put their time and effort into events like this, so we all said a big thank you!