Arriva London employee races Dragon boats for charity


Nadeem, part of the Bees Knees team.
Nadeem, part of the Bees Knees team.
The jubilant crew
The jubilant crew

For the past few years, Nadeem Fazal, the acting garage supervisor from Arriva London’s Clapton garage, has been collecting money for his favourite charity, the ‘Arthritis Self Help Network’, a small charity based in Ilford Essex.

Each year, his endeavours for the charity have grown and for this year he has managed, through his activities and the generosity of his colleagues, to raise more than £500. To recognise his achievements, Arriva London has added a further £100 to the sum.

As well as asking his workmates to contribute, Nadeem has an exciting and exhilarating way of raising funds by being part of the Dragon boat racing team from the charity called “the Bees Knees”.

Nadeem (2nd from left) holding last year's winners' trophy.
Nadeem (2nd from left) holding last year's winners' trophy.

He and his son have been part of the team for the last couple of years, and have enjoyed every minute of the racing, including being the champions in last year’s race. This year they didn’t finish first, but they still managed to raise the vital funds needed to help the charity move to improved premises.

Diane Wynne–Fitzgerald, President of the Arthritis Self Help Network, said:-

The charity's volunteers tent
The charity's volunteers tent

“Our charity participates in the Dragon Boat Festival at Fairlop Waters every year. Nadeem and his son have supported us regularly in this fund raising event by paddling with our “Bees Knees” crew. We are a very small charity run by patient volunteers, and the £501 collected by Nadeem from Arriva London’s Mare Street garage and boosted by the additional £100 will enable us to continue our projects at the new headquarters we shall be sharing with two other charities; so very many thanks for the generous donations”.

Arriva London is continually supportive of its employees’ charitable fund raising efforts, and currently holds the Gold Award for its 2015 Payroll Giving campaign.


Tags:   CommunityNews
Published : Wed 2nd Sep. 2015
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