The Dawoodi Bohra community of the Greater Vancouver Area coordinated a Canada-wide Bohra effort to collect supplies and financial donations to support ongoing relief efforts in aid of communities severely impacted by the recent floods in lower mainland BC.
Sheikh Huzeifa Hamid, leader of the local Dawoodi Bohra Community in Vancouver, presented a cheque to Mr. Shaun Heaps, who is coordinating a team of private pilots of small planes out of Langley Regional Airport to deliver essential supplies to hard-hit communities of Princeton, Merritt, and other smaller communities north of Hope, BC. Sheikh Huzeifa Hamid reiterated the Dawoodi Bohra philosophy and commitment to making positive contributions to the larger community, and extending a helping hand to those in need of support.
Murtaza Delhiwala – a member of the Bohra community of Vancouver and a local licensed pilot – participated in the relief efforts. Since mid-November, Murtaza has been flying rescue missions to Hope, BC, picking up stranded people and bringing them to safety. During December, he has been flying to Merritt, BC, to drop off essential items, delivering over 750 lbs of supplies and coordinating the collection of cash donations from Dawoodi Bohra communities across Canada.
On behalf of his team of volunteers, Mr. Heaps expressed his appreciation for the support by the Bohra community, and conveyed his positive outlook towards a greater humanitarian and inclusive society.
The Dawoodi Bohras of the Greater Vancouver Area are a community of Muslims hailing mainly from South Asia. As part of their global Project Rise initiative, Bohras everywhere place great emphasis on philanthropic efforts to support those in need.