Young Muslim Women Participate in the 20 Mile Walk For Hunger in Boston
By Tahir Ali
Worcester - May 04, 2014 -Young women members of ISGW and WIC participated in the 20 Mile Walk for Hunger. Samira Khan, Yusra Khan, Uzma Ali, Huda Razzack, Amane AbdelJaber, Mrs Ikram Syed, Sara Khan - to name a few - decided to join the 43,000 people who were walking the walk and expecting to raise $3.5 million and awareness.
The 20 Mile Walk starts and ends at Boston Common and winds through the roads of Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge.
NECN reported that "Funds raised help support local food pantries, community-based meal programs, early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, and improve access to farm-to-table resources. According to Project Bread, 700,000 people in Massachusetts alone are not sure where their next meal will come from."
Everyone who participated contributed to the success of this event.
US Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), a nationally recognized leader in anti-hunger advocacy, helped kick off the Walk.
This is the second year Amane, Samira and Yusra participated in the walk along with the 'New England Muslims Against Hunger group'.
"Last year we completed all 20 miles," Amane recalled.
At the 14 mile mark, many call it a day. Uzma Ali, thinking that it's only another 6 miles, continued on as Sara Khan of Framingham accompanied her all the way to the finish line. Of the 43,000 walkers reportedly only four to five thousand make it to the finish line.
Those who cross the finish line forget their pain as they hear the cheering and applauding. The certificate of achievement awarded signed by Ellen Parker, Executive Director, sums it up better: "Your tireless efforts will connect people of all ages, cultures."
"Completing the 20 mile walk for hunger gives you the satisfaction that you have contributed your physical strength to a worthy cause," Uzma admitted.