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2015 Sponsored Events

Event 35: TDCF runners doing their bit for the Nepal Earthquake disaster and the needy in Tanzania. Approximately 5,000 UK pounds were raised which were divided in the 2 causes.
>> Click here to read more.

2014 Sponsored Events

Event 34: Mr Ian Hope and Salim Meghjee cycled LEJOG, approximately 1000 miles over 14 days. This was for TDCF and money raised, approximately 3,000 UK pounds were used towards buying a new Double Cabin TATA car.
>> Click here to read more.

Event 33: This years Manchester Run was in memory Zulqarnain Ladak. His father was there sweating it out! Money raised was spent towards the cost of buying a new Double Cabin TATA car.
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Event 31: Mark Fitt runs the London 2014 Marathon for TDCF. Pure sweat and lot of joy.
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2012 Sponsored Events

Event 30: TDCF thanks Mr Imran Ali Kassam and Mr Riaz Merali for organising the first (of many iA) -TDCF Squash Tournament 2012 in London. 20 keen and fit squash players will sweat it out for the title and at same time try to raise some funds for the children of Mwanza. The people of Mwanza wishes them all - BAHATI NZURI! Good luck to all. >> Click here to download a PDF.

Event 29: On Monday 1st October 2012, TDCF donated 348 three seater desks were handed over to 9 Primary schoolsof four different regions including Mwanza region.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.

Event 28: Yearly charity walk organised by family and friends of Late Afzal Fazal. As per normal, this was followed by a BBQ! This year the walk raised £830, of which £330 was donated to help the victims of the drought in East Africa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-16582481) and £500 to build Desk and Chairs in a small village nursery. >> Click here to read more.

2011 Sponsored Events

Event 27: TDCF most prolific 10km runner, Mrs Shama Meghjee - Caine, finished her third 10km run for 2011 and at the same time raised more than £1,800:00 which will used to build a block of three VIP latrines in a rural village. The villagers of Mwanza have said a BIG 'ASANTE SANA' to Shama and hope she runs five 10km races next year!!
>> Click here to read more.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.

Event 26: TDCF had 10 runners for the 4th July 2011 London 10km. It was TDCF's first event in London 10km and we planning to make it a yearly event. In combination with the Manchester 10km 2011 run, a record nearly £15,000 was raised for the people of Tanzania.
>> Click here to read more.

Event 25: TDCF has a record 35 runners for the Main 10km Run and 2 for the mini children run. All are 'running to keep clean water Running'. Best of luck to all from TDCF and their supporters.
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>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.

2010 Sponsored Events

Event 24: Indian Bangra Night Out in Leeds - Jaz and Tess organised a brilliant Indian Bangra night out in Leeds which was attended by about 100 people. All the proceeds from the night were donated to TDCF. The night out was in celebrating the success of Jaz and Tess who both completed half marathons! Joe Luca, an avid supporter of TDCF, was there playing his saxophone. Enought money was raised to provide 5 wheelchair/tricyles for disable people. TDCF thanks Jaz and Tess for their support.
>> Click here to see pictures.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.

Event 23: Joe Luca Dooley - a talented and gifted 11 year old has been busking in Leeds with his Saxaphone and raising money for the orphanages in Mwanza. This has been possible with the support of his Dad and his Grandma. The family has also been rasing money for the children by knitting and selling head caps for nominal donation. Joe Luca has raised more than £600 and with this money, TDCF has bought 85 desks and chairs for and provided the Desk and Chairs to 2 centres in Mwanza. TDCF has also repaired old broken Desk and Chairs in village school with the money raised. TDCF, on behalf of the children of Mwanza, says a BIG THANK you to the Dooley family for their help and support! There are about 50 similar types of orphanages all over Mwanza with an average of 50 children needing urgent help. Few centres do have the wooden desks and chairs which need repairs. TDCF with help from Joe Luca and his family will continue to help these centres. Cost of repair for each desk is about £3 which is similar to the plastic desk and chairs.
>> Click here to see pictures.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.

Event 22: A charity walk was done in memory of Mr Afal Fazal (Leeds). About 35 family and friend did a circular 4 km walk at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park followed by a lovely Barbecue. Total of about £500 pounds were raised. The money was used for repairing Desks and Chairs in village school in Mwanza and donation of 2 wheelchairs. This event will be run yearly.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.

Event 21: A record 30 runners have decided to participate in the 2010 BUPA Great Manchester 10km Run. We are hoping and praying that all participants raise a lot of money.
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>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.

2009 Sponsored Events

Event 20: 22 runners participated in the 2009 BUPA Great Manchester 10km Run - the highest number so far this year. It was a very successful event and enjoyed by all. The money raised will be used to renovate and maintain existing clean water wells.
>> Click here to see pictures of the day.
RESULT: The money raised from the event went into the building of well 70. TDCF would like to thank all those who participated.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.

2002 - 2008 Sponsored Events

Event 19: 7 runners participated in the 2008 Edinburgh BUPA 10km Run and enjoyed a ‘Pasta Dinner’ the night before. Thanks go to Mr Andrew Ramage who organised the dinner. The runners were Andrew Ramage, Lee Ramage, Steve Nisbett, Abbas Meghjee, Monty Meghjee and Salim Meghjee. A total of approximately £10,000 pounds was raised in the Manchester and Edinburgh 2008 runs.

Event 18: On May 18th 2008, more than 20 runners ran the BUPA Manchester 10km Run in aid of TDCF. This is the highest number of participants yet for TDCF. The running conditions on the day were perfect and the atmosphere was electric. The runners were: Stephens Samantha, Parry Blaxill, Joe Hogg, Lorna Stephens, Monty Meghjee, Kirpal Kaur, Daniel Watkins, Susan Hope, Kamal Rahman, Trevor Stapleton, Abbas Basheer Meghjee, Glynne Williams, Mark Tyrell, Dan Watkins, Kathryn Rafferty, Julie Refferty, Jill Andrew, Vivek Naliga, John Keogh, Mustafa Meghjee, Sanjay Bangad, Smita Bangad, Jasper Ahuja, Fatima Meghjee, Jasheen Kandhari, Caroline Everett and Sam Ruthmaryllis.
>> Click here to see pictures of Sanjay and Smita Bangad day.
RESULT: Well 60 has been handed over to the villagers of Igombe. The funds for this well were raised by Kamal Rahman of Mishcon De Reya of London, UK.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.
RESULT: Fatima Meghjee and Jasheen Khandari ran the BUPA 2008 Manchester 10km Run and they plan to run again in 2009. The money raised saw the building of well 63.
>> Click here to see how the money raised was spent.

Event 17: Mr Hasanain Rajabali and his colleagues organised the yearly Footie Tournament in memory of Zulkrnain a football mad boy who died in Birmingham at age of 14. The 2008 tournament featured 6 football teams and raised a total of £900 pounds. The funds were used to buy nine wheelchairs for disabled children.
>> Click here to see pictures.

Event 16: Dr. Joe Hogg has ran the 2008 London Marathon in aid of raising money for TDCF. The money raised will help clean water projects and the Medical Admissions Unit at Pinderfields General Hospital. Click here to sponsor Dr. Joe Hogg.
>> Click here to see pictures.

Event 15: Eleanor Dawson, Maisam Fazal, Imran Ali Kassam, Abbas Meghjee, Abul Kassim Meghjee, Muntazir Meghjee, Jane Meyer, Sanath Nanayakkara , Adam Spackman, Qureish Vanat and Mr M Taki Meghjee are planning to run the BUPA 10 mile Great South Run on 28th October 2007. Best wishes to all from TDCF. >> Pictures coming soon.

Event 14: Anna Williams, a 5th year medical Student from Manchester University organised a 10 km walk round Grosmont in the North Yorshire Moors. The aim was to raise £1000 to build a shallow well to provide clean drinking water. 19 people participated in the walk.
RESULT: Well 57 was sponsored by Dr. Joanna Gordon and Dr. Olga Eyre who ran the BUPA Manchester 10km Run in 2007. Half of the funding was raised by Miss Anna Williams who organised a 10km walk round Grosmont in the North Yorshire Moors.
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.

Event 13: Joe Hogg ran the 96th Bay to Breakers Run in San Francisco. The run attracted around 70,000 entrants. Joe faced a difficult start dodging the many fun runners and walkers who were there for the carnival atmosphere. All this in aid of Clean Running Water!

Event 12: Congratulations to all those who 'sweated it out' at the Manchester 10K run om May 20th 2007. It was a hot day with a carnival atmosphere. 28,000 runners participated!
RESULT: Well 49 was sponsored by friends and family members of Mr Haider Meghjee of Toronto, Canada who ran the BUPA 10km Manchester Run in 2007. To say thank you or 'asante sana' the villagers presented a chicken to Mr Sibtain 'Captain' Meghjee, a representative of TDCF.
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.
RESULT: The 2007 'Running to Keep Clean Water Running' was a great success. Well 53 was donated by the family and friends of Mr Haider Meghjee who ran the 2007 Manchester BUPA 10km Run.
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.
RESULT: Well 54 was sponsored by Mr Andrew Ramage, Mr Adam Spackman, Mrs Sarah Pearce and members of the PV Charity Fund who ran the BUPA 10Km Run in 2007. The villagers say 'asante sana' for all their effort and help.
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.
RESULT: Well 56 was sponsored by Dr. Joe Hogg (London Marathon2008), Dr. Thirumaran and John Keogh (BUPA Manchester 10km 2007). This well was built in a small village school. TDCF sponsored the building of VIP toilets in the same school last year.
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.
RESULT: Well 57 was sponsored by Dr. Joanna Gordon and Dr. Olga Eyre who ran the BUPA Manchester 10km Run in 2007. Half of the funding was raised by Miss Anna Williams who organised a 10km walk round Grosmont in the North Yorshire Moors.
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.

Event 11: On May 6th 2007, Joe Hogg, Adam Spackman, Muntazir Meghjee, Salim Meghjee and Naseem Sadiq participated in the BUPA Great Edinburgh 10k Run. During the 2 hour race the runners had to contend with heavy rain, sleet, sunshine and very strong winds!

Event 11: On May 6th 2007, Cara Hutchison, Jennifer Howatson, Naseem Sadiq, Danielle Blackwood, Debbie Ratcliffe and Wendy Mitchell from the Graham Pharmacy, Glenrothes, Scotland ran the BUPA 10k Edinburgh Run in aid of the 'Running to Keep Clean Water Running' campaign.
RESULT: Over £1000 was raised by the runners of the BUPA 10km Edinburgh Run. The money was used to build well 48 in rural Tanzania. It was completed in February 2008. You can view pictures of Well 48 by clicking on the link below.
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.

Event 10: In July 2006, a group of intrepid children (along with many, a fearless parent) from Leeds Madressa set out for the Yorkshire Dales. 30 kids, some no older than 8 years of age, abseiled down the magnificent Malham Cove - a mighty 150 foot vertical drop!
RESULT: £400 was raised for the Leeds Baab-Ul-Ilm.

Event 9: Salim Meghjee ran/walked Hadrians wall in September 2006, which runs from Walls End to Burton in Solway. The total distance covered was 83 miles (he ran 36 miles and walked 47 miles).
RESULT OF EVENTS 8 & 9: £7481 was raised in these 2 events. The funds will be divided as follows:
1. £1275 - Paul Vincent charity (www.pvcharity.co.uk)
2. £1125 - Jay Sathyos Sanyog Hospital in India in collaboration with Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, Wakefield
3. £5081 - Desk and Chaire Foundation
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.
>> Click here to see Dr. Phil Batin and Salim Meghjee presenting the cheque to Mrs. Julia Atkinson (PV Charity).

Event 8: Drs Batin, Stanners, Craig and Gayle rode the Etape stage of Tour de France in August 2006. This was one of the hardest stages covering 116 miles. The doctors took the challenge once again to raise money for TDCF, the Paul Vincent Charity and raise money for a charitable hospital in India.
RESULT OF EVENTS 8 & 9: £7481 was raised in these 2 events. The funds will be divided as follows:
1. £1275 - Paul Vincent charity (www.pvcharity.co.uk)
2. £1125 - Jay Sathyos Sanyog Hospital in India in collaboration with Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, Wakefield
3. £5081 - Desk and Chaire Foundation
>> Click here to see Dr. Phil Batin and Salim Meghjee presenting the cheque to Mrs. Julia Atkinson (PV Charity).

Event 7: John Keogh, Joe Hogg, Muntazir Meghjee and Salim Meghjee ran the BUPA 2006 Manchester 10 km race.
RESULT: £1,500 was raised and has been contributed towards building toilets and improving sanitation.
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.

Event 6: Drs Vivek Baliga, Parry Blaxill, James McCreanor and physiotherapist Rachel Barber ran the BUPA 2006 Edinburgh 10 km race.
RESULT: £500 was raised and has been contributed towards building toilets and improving sanitation.
>> Click here to see how the money was spent.

Event 5: Mrs. Arifa Bhamani, Mr. Rashid Bhamani, Mr. Shabbir Merali and Salim Meghjee climbed Ben Nevis in September 2005. The event was organized by UK Outdoor Pursuits which specialises in organising events such as this. You can visit their website at www.ukoutdoorpursuits.co.uk.
RESULT: Approximately £1000 has been raised in this event.

Event 4: Doctors Batin, Craig, Gayle and Stanner’s rode the Pyrénées stage of Tour de France in July 2005.
RESULT: £1200 was raised. Part of the money has been used to build a well at Nyakabungo Primary School. The rest of the money was used to build a water tank at Bugarika Village Hospital.
>> Click here to view the well at Nyakabungo Primary School.
>> Click here to view the water tank at Bugarika Village Hospital.

Event 3: The Leeds Baab-Ul-Ilm Mosque organised a five a side football tournament at South Leeds Stadium in 2004.
RESULT: £600 was raised for TDCF. The money was used to build a shallow well in Ngudu in memory of Zulfikarnain, a 14 year old boy who was football mad! He died in Birmingham, UK.
>> Click here to view well at Ngudu.

Event 2: Haider and Salim Meghjee climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2003 and in process raised enough money for two wells.
RESULT: Wells at Mahina and Kayenze were built.
>> Click here to view the well at Kayenze.
>> Click here to view the well at Mahina.

Event 1: In 2002, Salim Meghjee rode the UK coast to coast (176 miles) from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay. It took over 3 days.
RESULT: £400 was raised which bought vital equipment to start to build wells which would provide clean water.

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