Mahmoud responds to Lebanon disaster by cycling for Islamic Relief

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LONDON: A sixth-form student from Hendon cycled 125 miles from Birmingham to London last Saturday (15 August) to raise money for people affected by the recent disaster in Lebanon.

Eighteen year-old Muhammad Mahmoud, who is about to go into his second year of ‘A’ Levels at City and Islington College, helped raise funds for Islamic Relief UK’s Lebanon emergency appeal. The appeal was launched in response to the recent explosion at Beirut port which killed at least 171 people, injured 6,000 and left an estimated 300,000 homeless.

Muhammad Mahmoud

Mahmoud said: “I was so shocked and moved by the footage from Beirut. I saw a video of a young lady in her wedding dress posing with her groom and a second later she was blown to the ground and covered in smoke. I was also shocked to see how hospitals were no longer functioning and were well over capacity and had run out of blood.

 “There are so many people to feel sorry for in this situation: innocent people who’ve lost their homes, people who’ve lost family members. My family is originally from Libya, so I know how difficult life can be for people living through disasters.