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John Cryer
6 Gainsborough Road
Leytonstone
London
E11 1HT
Tel: 0208 9895249
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Pakistan Fundraising Swim

Successful Fundraising Swim Event

MPs and Local Community Swim for Charity

John Cryer was joined (21 June 2011) by fellow MPs and swimming teams from University of East London, Noor Ul Islam, UK Swimming, Leyton Orient Community Programme and Waltham Forest Councillors in aid of the Pakistan Flood Appeal.

The Charity Swim Gala was held in Cathall Leisure Centre, Leytonstone with guests including Mayor Walker.

The junior event had school teams from Downsell, George Tomlinson, Davies Lane and Jenny Hammond. The event was supported by Islamic Relief and former Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew.  The event was also supported by local businesses including Tesco, Subway, Horizons Cafe and Village Dinner.

John Cryer said:

"I thank all the participants for taking time out to support this event. It was great to see all the community come together from local school children to Noor Ul Islam. I must also thank local businesses who generously donated food/refreshments and the staff/management at Cathall Leisure Centre who all helped make the event such a success."

Cryer All Stars (John Cryer MP, Rachel Reeves MP, Owen Smith MP and Chris Bryant MP) won the main 20 minute endurance relay race - beating UK swimming (2nd), University of East London (3rd) Noor Ul Islam and Leyton Orient Community Programme (joint 4th) and Waltham Forest Councillors (5th).
John Cryer added:

"We have a running total of over £2380 with Noor Ul Islam raising an outstanding £1500 for the charity. It is important to keep the humanitarian crises on peoples' minds and to highlight that the country still needs a huge deal of support."

"It is vital to bring the tragedy back to peoples' consciousness and make them aware of the massive restructuring that is still required to help thousands displaced communities.

I urge people to dig deep and support the victims of the floods. People can still make donations by visiting:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CryerAllStars."

Razul Karim, Islamic Relief said:

"Islamic Relief were delighted to support the swimming relay event to help the flood victims. The British community has been extremely generous so far and we look for their continued support as there is still more to be done.

Over the next year and half, Islamic Relief will continue to develop its rehabilitation program to build sixty integrated villages, six of which have already been completed. Islamic Relief will aim to ensure there is access to safe drinking water, education and an income regeneration scheme.

Islamic Relief would like to thank John Cryer and his team of wonderful supporters and wish all the swimmers taking part the very best of luck!"

David Cosford, Director of Sport, UEL said:

"I'm delighted that UEL were invited to enter a team, as this is for such a worthwhile cause. We have lots of students and staff members who were affected by last summer's floods, so it's important that we take this opportunity to try and raise some money and help the people of Pakistan rebuild their country."

Zafar Syed (spokesperson), Noor Ul Islam Trust Leyton said:

"We were extremely pleased to support the event. The Trust managed to raise £1500 for the charity. I have spoken to so many people who are very pleased that our local MP has taken the initiative to raise funds for the victims of the Pakistan flood.
I have witnessed the devastation firsthand and know that every penny raised by John Cryer MP's initiative is desperately needed. We have many from our congregation who have families and friends that have been affected.

The Flood victims still need our help and we at Noor Ul Islam Trust fully support the Fundraising Swim Relay which will benefit those in need."
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