One day I was in Mississauga when a friend approached me and asked me for a donation for Credit Valley Hospital.
My initial reaction was that I live in Scarborough: This hospital is in Mississauga, so why should I donate anything? Then I convinced myself that it was a good cause, so I wrote a cheque and gave whatever I could. I did not think of it any further.
A few months later I was in Mississauga where I felt chest pain. Someone called for an ambulance.
Guess where I ended up? In Credit Valley Hospital. I rested in bed and was grateful that I did not pass up the opportunity to donate, even though it was very far from my house.
Since then I have worked with various companies and organizations to raise funds for various hospitals. The Muslim community has since then raised around $1.5 million for Markham-Stouffville Hospital, over $1 million for William Osler Hospital in Brampton, around $250,000 for Trillium Hospital in Mississauga, and, so far, over $50,000 for Rouge Valley Hospital. This includes a direct purchase of four Vital Sign Monitors by the Islamic Institute of Toronto, the Muslim Community of Scarborough, the Islamic Co-operative Housing Corporation Ltd., and also by my family on behalf of our daughter, Muneeba.
Now the Scarborough Muslim Community is organizing a Family Day Walkathon on Monday at Scarborough Civic Centre 150 Borough Drive between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM. The objective is to raise $250,000 for Rouge Valley and Scarborough General Hospital.
We already have $140,000 pledged by various mosques, Islamic Centres, businesses, and individuals. Hopefully with everyone’s help and co-operation, we will achieve our goal soon.