Six-year-old’s funds for famine victims

Childrens centre. Konain Tahir Malik with the money he has collected for children in Kenya
Childrens centre. Konain Tahir Malik with the money he has collected for children in Kenya
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KONAIN Malik is only six – but the little lad from Norfolk Park in Sheffield has already developed a charitable drive that would put most adults to shame.

The Mylnhurst School pupil has raised nearly £500 after seeing news reports of the horrific famine which is killing thousands of people in Somalia.

Konain, who attends the Sheffield Children’s Centre after school, vowed to do all he could to raise money for international aid effort.

To date he has carried out a series of odd jobs and sponsored tasks which have helped him to put together the impressive sum.

Anne D’Aquila from the Sheffield Children’s Centre said: “Some weeks ago Konain came into the centre very distressed having seen the suffering of the people of East Africa on the news reportage.

“He vowed to do all that he could – and has been an inspiration to everyone.

“He has worked tirelessly to show even one small person’s effort, combined with others, can truly make a difference.”

Sheffield Council presented Konain with a certificate to recognise his outstanding efforts and say thank you.

Also receiving certificates were members of the Firth Park Mosque’s Yorkshire Muslim Academy, who donated their Eid ul-Fitr gifts to orphans at the Children’s Centre.

Patrick Meleady, who is head of community cohension at the Children’s Centre thanked Konain for his fundraising efforts.

He said: “It is immensely heartwarming to see children and young people in this city caring for others in this way, fostering good relations and building solidarity.

He added: “We are a richly diverse city which we at Sheffield Children’s Centre are proud of.”