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Shovelling it forward – Helping neighbours in Yukon

In an inspiring display of community spirit, a group of 20 residents from Whitehorse, Yukon, has come forward to offer their services to shovel snow for individuals facing mobility challenges, free of charge. This initiative is particularly aimed at individuals who have mobility issues, especially for those who may find snow removal to be a daunting task.

Israr Ahmed, a key member of this benevolent group, shared with CBC that their team, comprising around 20 volunteers, is prepared to take on snow removal tasks of any magnitude. Ahmed emphasized that this endeavor is deeply rooted in their Islamic tradition of neighborly care, reflecting a long-cherished desire to serve their community. The group’s commitment to this cause was sparked when Ahmed, moved by a strong sense of motivation, began clearing snow in his neighborhood. He extended an invitation on social media for those in need of assistance and for more volunteers to join the cause. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with the initiative receiving significant support and interest online.

The volunteers have been actively coordinating with Whitehorse residents to schedule snow removal sessions. They are equipped with the necessary tools to efficiently clear driveways, porches, and sidewalks, ensuring safe access for everyone in the community. This service, which commenced in January, will continue throughout the snow season, offering relief and support to many.

Ahmed, who moved to Whitehorse from India three years ago, balances his full-time job at Northwestel with his commitment to this volunteer work. In a heartwarming gesture, he requests nothing in return for their services, except for prayers, smiles, and a cherished place in the hearts of those they help. This initiative not only highlights the power of community support but also the profound impact of kindness and solidarity in facing the challenges brought by winter months.

Source: CBC