Amin Babor Chowdhury will be walking an incredible 100 miles whilst fasting in aid of local and Bangladeshi charities.

Amin was born and educated in Bangladesh. He worked as a teacher there and came to the UK in 2007. He has since become an established public figure in the Oldham community.

His initiative aims to promote health and well- being in the community and emphasises the importance of physical activity and exercise and of course to raise funds for good causes.

While others bungee jump, run marathons or skydive, Amin is an advocate for walking in aid of charity. He hopes to spread the message that walking is a sustainable, enjoyable form of staying fit. Compared to running or going to the gym, walking is a neglected form of exercise that builds stamina, burns calories and makes the heart healthier.

Amin said: “Many charities campaign throughout the month of Ramadhan and they are doing a great job, but they carry out charity work overseas whereas our campaigns mainly raise funds for Oldham-based causes. Our target is £5000 to be distributed equally between three charities.

“We have good links with Bangladesh and there is a community social network group called ILB (I Love Bangladesh) in Oldham who started the Tube Wells Project to raise money and install pure drinking water facilities in rural areas of Bangladesh.

“I have learned about Prophet Muhammad (s) who has inspired me as he was sent by God as a mercy to the whole of humanity. He benefitted all of mankind not just Muslims. We follow him in everything so like him, we should strive to serve all communities - Muslim and otherwise.”

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In 2009 he helped to launch Probash Bangla, one of the country’s few English-Bengali bilingual publications, which gives a voice to the UK Bangladeshi community and creates a platform to connect young and older generations.

Mr Chowdhury is keenly involved in fundraising and promotional activities for charities including the Oldham based - Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

In 2018 he was also invited to become a governor of Kingfisher school which is a special needs school for pupils aged 2-19, meeting the needs of pupils with severe and complex physical problems or learning difficulties. Amin is also passionate about sports, especially cricket.

He is being backed in his efforts by Lord Wajid Khan who said: “This is a huge monumental effort, our prayers are with Amin and we are proud of him, we are amazed at his dedication and effort. We all need to support these great causes.”

You can donate to Amin’s 100 mile challenge by clicking here