Friday, July 02, 2021

Freedom 50 cyclists complete historic Oldham to London cycle!

A group of cyclists have completed Freedom 50 - A historic cycle ride and national initiative with individuals and organisations coming together to form a collective to celebrate 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence.   

Through Freedom 50, cyclists visited 8 UK cities to promote global warming and raising money for charity.

The final leg from Finsbury Park Mosque after Friday Jumuah prayers to Whitechapel saw the riders being greeted and welcomed by students from the London Enterprise, it’s Headteacher Ashid Ali and world record percussion drummer Sudarshan Das. 

Speaking after the cyclists arrived at Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel, Muzahid Khan, newly appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester commented, “It’s been a roller coaster and emotional experience with friends, family and strangers coming together under one banner for a common purpose. Congratulations to everyone - The hard work has paid off!”

Tower Hamlets First Citizen and official Speaker, the Honourable Ahbab Hossain was the chief guest and welcomed all the riders to Whitechapel alongside Ward Councillor Faruque Mahfuz Ahmed. 

Councillor Abdal Ullah, who is joint convenor alongside Ayesha Qureshi MBE of the prestigious British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration publication added, “I am thrilled that such a momentous event has been completed without any hitches. This is a testament to the team, volunteers and the cyclists for all their wonderful work. 

“We have raised awareness of the importance issue of climate change and how it affects Bangladesh as a country. With the generosity of the community £30,000 has been raised for street children projects - A phenomenal achieving.”

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