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Burton man's jump will raise money for Gaza support

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

Sajid Rashid is doing a sponsored Skydive to raise money for relief funds in Palestine. He's hoping to raise £3,500. Did one at the beginning of the year for another cause and smashed his target.

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A BURTON man with a fear of heights is set to fall from 13,000ft in support of Palestinian civilians caught up in the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

It is not the first time that Sajid Rashid, of South Broadway Street, will have leapt from above the clouds, having already completed a skydive at the beginning of the year to raise funds to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in South East Asia. He had set out to raise £3,000 but smashed his target by almost £2,000 – and is hoping for a similar outcome again.

Sajid, who works at Rolls-Royce in Derby, openly admitted he was not looking forward to completing the skydive due to his phobia.

However, the 24-year-old said it was the perfect opportunity to 'kill two birds with one stone' by raising money and also continuing to try to overcome his fears. He will be reaching a terminal velocity of around 120mph.

He told the Mail: "I did my last skydive in the UK, but I'm doing this one in Dubai while I'm on holiday.

"Therefore the weather should be better, which might help – I don't know.

"I do quite a bit for charity and this is something that I care about. I've seen what is going on in Gaza and want to offer my support in whatever way I can."

Sajid is hoping to raise around £3,500 this time around, with the money being donated towards Islamic Relief, which was offering support on the ground in Gaza within 48 hours of the first air strike. So far he is well on his way, having already raised more than £800.

His skydive will also be filmed and he will be putting the footage onto DVDs at a later date so people can experience the freefall with him.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to Sajid's fund-raising effort can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/skydive4palestine

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  • PointingWest  |  August 11 2014, 1:13PM

    These allegations have come from, surprise surprise, Israel and the charity have refuted the claims, somewhat successfully.

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  • Burhan  |  August 11 2014, 10:27AM

    @choccy - When did you get these revelations and from where? - Normally these types of allegations result in an apology afterwards unless it comes from somebody who suffers from phobias

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  • choccy  |  August 11 2014, 8:33AM

    Pointingwest, Islamic Aid has many links with Hamas and several other terrorist groups and funds have been found to be used to support terrorism.

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  • PointingWest  |  August 11 2014, 7:45AM

    Choccy - as the article says it's going towards the Islamic relief charity which is a genuine cause in the same vein as the red cross, red crescent etc. On a side note, i'd like to see all state foreign aid going to actual charities to enable them to do work rather than to governments rife with corruption. Who knows, may even reduce that budget somewhat.

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  • choccy  |  August 10 2014, 4:28PM

    I hope the money he raises does go to the people that need it most, the injured, bereaved, homeless and desperate, and not funding terrorism

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