New Trust set to light up lives

THE FAMILY of murdered Dewsbury teenager Amar Aslam has launched a charitable trust in his memory.

Known as Moon by his loved ones and friends, 17yearold Amar died after being attacked and robbed in Crow Nest Park last year.

Now his sister Noushin Aslam has set up a new charity, the Moonlight Trust.

Launched in Leeds yesterday (Thurs), the trust will help raise funds for disadvantaged people in developing countries across the world, regardless of race, creed, religion or gender.

Noushin said: His nickname was Moon because he was like a shining moon to us and he will shine again through the Moonlight Trust by making a difference to so many needy peoples lives.

Ive always wanted to do something for charity and now we can do it in his name. In Islam, the best thing you can do for someone who has passed away is to give to charity in their name. Its really an idea that cuts across all faiths.

The Moonlight Trust will raise money through cultural events and functions, along with direct donations from local business and individuals.

The aim is to provide food, shelter, sanitation, medical supplies and basic education to the worlds neediest people.

Yesterdays launch event celebrated cultural diversity with singing and dancing from around the world by performers from many ethnic and religious backgrounds, ranging from Irish singers to Saudi nasheeds (religious rhymes) and African dancers. There was also food, stalls and arts and crafts from many countries.

Noushin said: The show was a message of peace and harmony to bring people from all religions and backgrounds together to celebrate each others traditions and cultures.

Amars mother Reanna and other older sister Samreen moved away from the area following his death, after finding the trauma of remaining in Dewsbury too great.

But Noushin decided to do something positive in the wake of Amars death and, together with family, friends and work colleagues from Leeds Metropolitan University, set up the Moonlight Trust.

Samreen is also on the 10strong management committee along with people from Batley, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury and Leeds.

Weve got the full support of the whole family for what were doing, said Noushin. Obviously were still finding it hard to come to terms with what happened, but were moving forward and doing something positive for Amar.

Amars body was found in the Secret Garden at Crow Nest Park in May 2008. He had suffered 41 separate wounds and died from his head injuries following a drunken gang attack.

Last December 20yearold Amin Hussain Ali and 16yearold Asif Khan were both sentenced to life for his murder, but could serve just 12 and nine years respectively.

Coaccused Hassan Rehman and Ibrar Hussain, both 16, were given two years detention after admitting manslaughter.

The Aslam family mounted a legal appeal in a bid to get the sentences increased but failed in their attempt.

For more information on the Moonlight Trust visit www.moonlighttrust.org.uk or email info@moonlighttrust.org.

Account details for donations: Acc Number: 21744380, sort code: 401917.

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