5k For Fayez

What happened?

On June 6, 2021, in London, Ontario, a 20-year old male named Nathaniel Veltman struck members of the Afzaal family with his pickup truck while they were out for an evening walk. Four family members died- the parents, grandmother, and eldest daughter- leaving the fifth family member, 9-year old Fayez Afzaal, hospitalized with several injuries.

Local police have stated that the incident was premeditated and that the family was targeted for their Islamic faith. Nathaniel Veltman has been arrested by the police and faces four counts of first-degree murder and a single count for attempted murder. Attorneys at the federal and provincial levels have allegedly received consent to pursue terrorism charges under section 83 of the Criminal Code. The criminal charges have yet to be proven in court, and a publication ban has been placed over the proceedings to prevent any influence or leakage of information.

Many politicians have addressed the accident. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the killings a “terrorist attack”. Various party leaders such as Erin O’Toole and Elizabeth May gave speeches that mourned the lives lost, condemned the attack, and called for a change in the Canadian community.

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What is dear dunya doing to help?

5k for Fayez is an event that Dear Dunya has planned to raise money for Fayez Afzaal, the 9-year old orphaned in Ontario, so he can be financially supported for the rest of his life. However, this event is also intended to raise awareness about religious hate crimes and to help people realize that we should come together as a community in support of one another. This event will be replicated by Dear Dunya’s ambassadors in their own cities so the positive message can hopefully be spread around the world.

What is 5k for Fayez?

5K for Fayez is a fundraising and advocacy event put on by the Dear Dunya Nonprofit Organization. Fayez is the 9-year-old boy who was left orphaned in Ontario after his family was killed in a terrorist attack while out on a walk. His mother, father, sister, and grandmother were declared dead at the scene of the accident, leaving Fayez orphaned and in critical condition. All of the money raised will go directly towards paying for Fayez’s medical bills, schooling, and other expenses in order to ensure he is financially supported for the rest of his life.

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