Adding another feather to Yorkshire’s hat of achievements, it can now claim that Huddersfield has the record for not having a single asylum seeker sleeping rough in the city. This is mostly the result of the dedication of the city’s charity DASH. The DASH refers to the Destitute Asylum Seekers, Huddersfield.
The DASH provides a necessary safety net for asylum seekers in the Huddersfield area. It offers a lifeline for those seeking asylum from violence, war, torture and persecution.
Recently, the Pakistan & Kashmir Welfare Association (PKWA) held a fundraising supper on behalf of DASH. The event had over 250 people attend the event to show solidarity and support for asylum seekers. Over £3000 was raised on the night. Also, further cash and in-kind pledges were made following the event.
Guest speakers included Paula Sherriff MP who highlight the event and gave a national and international perspective on the issue.
The event was not just about hearing about the excellent work of DASH; it was also a celebration of the achievements of community activists and local heroes.
Mr Iqbal Bahana, Deputy Lord Lieutenant co-hosted the event along with Mohammed Afsar Community Welfare Association Chairperson. Sham Lynn – chief DASH fundraiser and event organiser were also present.
Fiaz Rashid PKWA Director announced the successful recipients of the PKWA Excellence awards. These awards were given in recognition of outstanding service to the community.
The award-winners list included the More in Common Group for continuing the work of Jo Cox, Ikram Butt for his services to Rugby & to White Ribbon anti-violence campaign. Mukhtar Ali Malik was also awarded for his lifelong services to the community.
The PKWA especially reemphasised their appreciation of the More in Common group for continuing to promote peace, harmony and good neighbourliness. It was celebrated as a legacy to Jo Cox and as an antidote to voices of hatred and division