A Cardiff councillor is swapping his ward for a wonder of the world as he embarks on an epic fundraising trek along the Great Wall of China.
Councillor Dilwar Ali, Labour Party councillor for the Llandaff North Ward of Cardiff is taking part in nine day trek across the legendary route in Western China, to raise money for the Lord Mayor of Cardiff’s official Charity of the Year, Cancer Research Wales.
He will be joined on the expedition by his cousin, Mohammed Abdul Salam, and the pair hope to raise £6000 for Cancer Research Wales.
The challenge takes in awe-inspiring landscape including ancient watchtowers over old brick-made steps, remote villages and farms and a near vertical staircase that climbs to the top of a mountain. Participants will also carry new bricks to help to repair sections of the Great Wall.
All the money raised by those taking part in the trek will go straight to Cancer Research Wales, to support its work funding research into innovative new ways of fighting cancer, here in Wales.
Most recently, the charity funded exciting Swansea University research developing a new blood test that recognises cancer in the body, even before any symptoms appear.
Speaking about his fundraising challenge, Cllr Dilwar Ali said: “I’m used to running around the constituency but this will be something completely different, so I’ve started training on a running machine. I’m proud to be supporting such a great cause, especially as cancer is something that affects so many people in Wales.”
Cancer Research Wales Fundraiser Hannah Beadsworth said: “We’re delighted that Cllr Ali has chosen to support the Lord Mayor’s charity by joining us on this challenge. All the money raised will go straight to teams of leading scientists to fund their work, helping them in the pursuit of a cure; making great discoveries in the areas of early diagnosis, better treatments and preventatives of cancer for the benefit of cancer patients everywhere.”
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Monica Walsh selected Cancer Research Wales as her chosen charity in light of her own battle with cancer and said: “I would like to thank Cllr Ali for choosing to support my chosen charity in this way. I wish him and Mohammed all the best for their trek along a section of the wall next May and ask that people please visit his sponsorship webpage and give what they can to this very worthwhile cause.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation should log onto the following Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dilwar-Ali