Greater than 13 ladies’s shelters and meals banks, in extra of $170,000 in donations, over 140 Richmond Hill volunteers and the distribution of 1000’s of PPE and important hygiene gadgets.
That cache was a part of what Sajida Habib contributed through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since arriving in Richmond Hill as a newcomer from Pakistan within the Eighties, Sajida has supported her neighborhood in a number of methods: as a volunteer chief, serving native colleges, sponsoring Syrian refugees and cooking for ladies’s shelters.
She based the non-profit Salaam Basis, initially named the Muslim Girls of York Area, that goals to offer meals and important wants like hygiene merchandise and PPE to meals banks and shelters all through the GTA.
Born in Tanzania and raised in Karachi, Sajida lives by the mantra that everybody is a drop of water that may create an exquisite ripple impact within the charity sea.
“Unfold the love and lightweight, do no matter you are able to do. Start wherever and everytime you see a necessity round you, serving to a neighbour, a senior, a toddler or a struggling mum or dad,” stated Sajida in her acceptance speech for the Girls of Inspiration and Management Award on April 26.
The WILA award was launched by thein 2020 as a part of its new , to acknowledge ladies who lead and encourage in Richmond Hill’s communities. Sajida was chosen as the primary recipient.
“Sajida’s contributions to the local people have spanned many a long time and he or she has been a neighborhood volunteer whereas juggling the pressures of profession and household life,” famous Noeline Paul, president of the Rotary Membership of Richmond Hill.
Richmond Hill MPP Daisy Wai believed that Sajida has been doing this unimaginable quantity of charity work together with her coronary heart and fervour, which makes her efforts all of the extra admirable.
“Folks like Sajida who quietly and selflessly give their time to others are important to our neighborhood,” praised Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister of households, youngsters and social growth, who additionally attended the award ceremony on Zoom.
As a part of her award, Sajida chosenas her option to obtain a $1,000 donation from the Rotary Membership of Richmond Hill.
Through the present pandemic, there was a greater than 30 per cent enhance within the want for ladies and youngsters to be secure at shelters resembling Sandgate and.
Supporting ladies, significantly single moms, in these onerous occasions is what Sajida holds expensive to her coronary heart. Her group bought diapers and delivered groceries for moms in misery.
“Girls play an outsized half in getting again to the neighborhood. People who we consider as most in want are tremendous resilient when supported,” Sajida, a mom of three, informed the Liberal.
On the coronary heart of the ripple impact, Sajida’s husband and youngsters adopted her lead, making their work a household effort.