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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

72yrs old and still going strong - Dildar Hayat Khan a Pakistani Christian on a positive mission!

Dildar referred to by us as dil dare!

In contemporary times it is hard to find role models that are truly inspiring.  Although the comment  may sound very cliché it is an ever present truth, especially within our own very small Pakistani Christian community.

That said, it was with great pleasure that I met with a Mr Dildar Hayat Khan at my offices yesterday.  At the ripe old age of 72 he is still fit and strong enough to run half marathons.  This would be a tall order for many of us, let alone a man in his advanced years.  Mr Khan advised me of a charity run he is undertaking on the 7th August 2011, to raise money for underprivileged children in Pakistan. The event will take place on Hackney Marshes (coincidentally opposite the 2012 Olympic Stadium) Money raised will support a tailoring apprenticeship scheme for young Christian adults in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Mr Khan a Pakistani Christian originating from Youngsonabad (near Faisalabad) has always been an athlete. In his youth he won a 100m sprint in his county race, that saw him presented with his medal from none other than Samuel Burke - a Christian ambassador for Pakistan to America and the UK, who originated from the same town.

Mr Khan came to the UK in 1964 and took up a post as a Charge Nurse responsible for an operating theatre at Guys Hospital, London.  He is also one of the founding members' of "All Nations Church", an Urdu fellowship pentecostal movement congregation based in Manor Park London.

If you would like more details about the half marathon, the tailoring apprenticeship or other matters pertaining to this posting please contact Mr Khan directly on 07531 203 793.

If our young people are looking for positive role models, they could find far worse than this remarkable, first generation, dynamo!

The BPCA will be donating £20.00 towards his sponsored run as his purpose is one we felt was not epicurean, moreover, based on a passion for his community.

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