87-year-old Chorlton resident, Abdul Ghafoor, took part in Alan Carr’s, Epic Gameshow, on Saturday 20 June, and donated all his winnings to charity.
He made the decision to give all his cash winnings to refugees whilst filming the show with his partner, grandson Saif. A decision prompted by his own experience of being a refugee, when, as a 14yr old boy, he was forced to flee his home during the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan.
With everything that is going on with the coronavirus pandemic, and refugees being at the bottom of the pile when it comes to support, Abdul felt like it was the right thing to do. Recalling his experiences as a refugee, Abdul stated, “I was about 14 years old. I remember everything. The other side, in Pakistan, the Hindus and the Sikhs, they had the same problems as we did. When they announced the border between India and Pakistan, the fighting broke out between the Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. We lost so many people … they were killed.”
Grandson Saif, came across Manchester based charity Human Relief Foundation through volunteering at the Manchester Museum where he Is a member of the South Asia Gallery Collective. This Is a group of people from Manchester who are helping the Manchester Museum and the British Museum to create a new galery about South Asia, where stories such as Abdul’s will be included.
Abdul is determined to raise awareness for those who remain in conditions of plight. He has set up a fundraising page to support aid work for refugees and to encourage others to do the same. His donation will help with the provision of food, water, blankets and fuel for refugee communities across the globe.
To support Abdul’s aid work donate using the following link: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abduls-aid