LONDON: Rabina Mahmood, a full-time mother of six children, raced the London Marathon on Sunday to collect donations for the UK-based humanitarian charity Penny Appeal, which is assisting victims of the earthquake that rocked Turkiye and Syria earlier this year.
Penny Appeal stated in a statement that Mahmood had been training for six months, including throughout Ramadan, while combining fasting, family, and work duties.
“She is an inspiration to all, demonstrating that anything is possible with determination and passion,” the statement continued.
“Rabina is a supermum who believes in giving back to society,” Penny Appeal said of the mother-of-two. “She is raising funds for victims of the Turkiye/Syrian Earthquake appeal, a cause close to her heart, (and) her goal is to raise awareness and funds to help those in need, providing them with the support they require in the aftermath of the disaster.”
On February 6, a large earthquake slammed southern and central Turkey and northern and western Syria, killing about 59,000 people in both countries and affecting over 15 million people.
“Training has been difficult with wind and rain most days, I am suffering from long COVID but have persevered with three runs a week whilst fasting for this amazing cause,” Mahmood remarked.
“As a mother of six, seeing my children cross the finish line is what I will imagine when I am struggling,” she added.
Penny Appeal is a UK-based organization that helps those in need through sustainable development initiatives, emergency aid, and orphan care in over 60 countries. Rabina’s money will be used to help earthquake victims by giving food, housing, and medical care.
“Rabina is not only a supermum, but an amazing woman who shows dedication and commitment to her cause are an inspiration to us all,” said Ridwana Wallace-Laher, CEO of Penny Appeal. She embodies the human spirit, demonstrating that everything is achievable with perseverance and hard work.”