Station raises £80k for floods

An inner-city Leeds community radio station has raised three times its initial fundraising target for the Pakistan flood appeal within a month.

Listeners to Radio Asian Fever (RAF) – in one of the most deprived areas of the city – donated £80,000 towards the cause.

RAF manager Jabbar Karim, who launched the not-for-profit station three years ago, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Our target was £30,000 if we were lucky, but the community has been absolutely fantastic and we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated. It wasn't even big donations on the whole, it was £10 here and £20 there."

The total of £81,329.32 has now been handed over to Islamic Relief who've already raised £10m nationally.

Around 20 million people have been affected by the Pakistan floods with the aftermath now leaving people suffering from malaria.

Zia Salik, northern fundraiser for Islamic Relief, told the paper: "It was quite phenomenal. The response we got is a credit to the listeners of RAF. It's unusual because it's a small community radio station, not a commercial one, but it just goes to show that the community trusts RAF and Jabbar a lot."

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