Here’s a selection of events and causes Birmingham councillor Salma Yaqoob has been highlighting and supporting this past week:
Larches Park Clean Up
Both Cllr Salma Yaqoob and Cllr Mohammed Ishtiaq (Respect) have been working closely with Larches Park Residents Group recently to help them improve their local neighbourhood and regain confidence in the use of their local park. Larches Park has been one of the areas that was left neglected for many years and had got pretty run down. Parents didn’t feel comfortable bringing their kids there until now. More here.
Bangladesh Independence Day
Birmingham’s Bangladeshi community invited Cllr Salma Yaqoob to the Bia Lounge in Small Heath to celebrate Bangladesh Independence Day.
The event also marked International Mother Language Day in celebration of Bangla being the country’s national tongue. More here.
Salma was invited to present certificates to carers of family members of who disabilities. They had completed a seven week course organised by South Birmingham PCT in which they learnt more about understanding and coping with autism. More here.
Campaigners from Bristol visit Birmingham
Members of Bristol Respect and other supporters came to Birmingham to help Salma Yaqoob on her election trail to help her become MP for the Hall Green constituency.
They joined her with leafleting and met with members of the community. More here.
Desi Donors Amun Ali Appeal
Desi Donors have been set up to encourage individuals of south Asian origin to join the national Bone Marrow register to help those in need of a transplant. Working with the Anthony Nolan Trust, Desi Donors have been actively campaigning to save the life of young local school boy Amun Ali. Salma joined the drive in Small Heath, Birmingham and registered herself with over a hundred other volunteers. More here.
Fundraising dinner in aid of orphanages in Pakistan
Salma was the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner in the
Crystal Plaza for orphanages in Pakistan. About 600 people were present. Jannat al Ferdous, founded by Shamim Mahmood and family friends, have set up four orphanages in the last five years, helping over 800 Pakistani children. More here.
For more on Salma Yaqoob’s campaigning and council work, visit her website: www.salmayaqoob.com