Who Loves Ya Baby? Oldham Mayor rallying communities to raise funds for charities

THREE of the biggest, boldest characters in TV and film history are starring in a new video designed to launch the Mayor of Oldham’s annual charity campaign.

Cllr Javid Iqbal aims to become the first Mayor to raise a six-figure sum with the annual charity drive.

And he plans to enlist the help of some ‘close friends’ to help him along the way.

To launch his Mayor 1000 appeal Cllr Iqbal has transformed himself into three of his favourite characters.

And with a little help from family members who took care of his makeup, costumes and wig, he has emerged as Mr T, Kojak and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

You can watch the video online at https://vimeo.com/290311254

His goal is to encourage 1000 people or businesses to donate £100.

The five charities the Mayor is supporting are:

• MIND – the mental health charity

• Action Oldham Fund –
which supports charitable causes
across Oldham with grants

• Dr Kershaw’s Hospice – which
provides specialist palliative care
for adults with non-curable,
life-limiting illnesses

• Maggie’s Cancer Centre at
Royal Oldham Hospital – which
provides free practical, emotional
and social support to people with
cancer and their family and friends

• St Thomas’ Church, Werneth –
an Anglican church in the
Coppice area of Cllr Iqbal’s
Werneth ward which makes an
enormous contribution to the
local community.

Cllr Iqbal said: “I wanted to have a bit of fun with my Mayoral year and be big and bold.

“I’m actually quite a sensible person. I work in IT and I’m a local councillor.

“But I want to make a real effort and a real difference to my charities by raising a big sum of money.

“The best way to do so, I felt, was to have a laugh and lots of fun throughout the year and put on a series of good events.

“So, look out for more crazy costumes and a lot of good fun events throughout the year.”

To stay connected to the Mayor’s charity work throughout the year, just search for ‘MayorJav’ on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and give him a follow or a like.

The Mayor will be running his own social media accounts and posting regular updates so, if you’ve got a question for him, want to donate or get involved – get in touch now.

You can read more about the Mayor and his work online at: www.oldham.gov.uk/mayor

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