Zanib’s pledge for mothers

Zanib Rasool, second from right, with, from left, Saher Ahmed, Rizwana Ali and Coun Shabana Ahmed, who have all supported her fundraising efforts.
Zanib Rasool, second from right, with, from left, Saher Ahmed, Rizwana Ali and Coun Shabana Ahmed, who have all supported her fundraising efforts.
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A local hero who has dedicated a huge amount of her time to fundraising for Oxfam has been praised by the international charity.

Zanib Rasool, a community fundraising manager with the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, has focused on supporting women’s projects in countries all over the world.

And this is set to continue - as the 51-year-old has pledged to dedicate at least another year to the cause and its ‘Mother Appeal’, which helps mothers around the world lift their families out of poverty.

Zanib, who lives in Mosborough, Sheffield, said: “I have heritage in Kashmir and have seen first-hand the positive impact of projects like Oxfam’s in Pakistan. I wanted to show women in Rotherham how small things here can make a huge difference to women on the other side of the world.

“I have been fortunate in my life and understand barriers women face having faced a number myself, so I feel a lot of empathy. I wanted to commit for a further year to aid the good work Oxfam is doing in developing countries.”

Zanib has already been awarded an MBE for her community work, which includes supporting charities. On Friday, she attended a special event at Rotherham Town Hall where she presented Oxfam with a cheque for £5,000 and pledged her next 12 months of work.

Nancy Gartside of Oxfam said: “It has been wonderful working with somebody as kind and generous as Zanib, who has given so much of her time to help put a stop to poverty and inequality and lift lives for good.”