100-year-old man inspired by Capt. Tom Moore raises more than $97K by walking in garden

  • 16 May - 22 May, 2020
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A 100-year-old man has raised more than $97,000 for charity by walking laps in his community garden while fasting for Ramadan. Dabirul Islam Choudhury has been isolating at his home in England for just over two months, and is now raising money for the Ramadan Family Commitment (RFC) COVID-19 Crisis initiative, which is run by the British-Bangladeshi TV channel Channel S, according to his JustGiving page. Choudhury’s efforts appear to be inspired by Capt. Tom Moore, a 100-year-old World War II veteran who recently raised more than $40 million by walking in his backyard. Each day since April 26, Choudhury has been walking from one part of his garden to another – about 262 feet – 100 times. Choudhury was born in January 1920 in British Assam, which became Bangladesh in 1971. He moved to England in 1957 to study English literature in London, and wound up settled in St. Albans as a community leader, according to his JustGiving page. “He was responsible for many community projects and raising money for the independence struggle of Bangladesh,” the page reads. The money raised by him will go to the RFC, which will then be distributed among the RFC’s approximately 26 partner charities that raise funds for various domestic and international causes. Choudhury has raised more than $97,100 as of last week’s Wednesday morning.