The final figure raised by the somethingniceforashraf campaign was £23,221.
We finally got to meet Ashraf at the Malaysian Embassy. He is a lovely lad and wished to express how touched he was by the many gestures of support he had received through this campaign and others. He hasn’t yet decided what he intends to spend the money on. Ashraf was particularly keen to make sure that some of the money raised goes to other riot victims and has put aside £5,000 for this use. A notice on how this money will be spent will be posted on this site.
Once again, an enormous thank you to everyone who supported the campaign.
It seems some people who have donated via PayPal have been receiving messages from PayPal stating that their donation has been ‘unclaimed’. I have spent an hour on the phone to Paypal today trying to work out what this means and how it can be resolved. Their analysis so far is “don’t know why that happened”. Anyone affected is advised to contact PayPal directly (unhelpful I know).
1. This will not affect the final total figure - which is based on funds that have hit the PayPal and JustGiving accounts.
2. There is no risk that anyone will part with any more money than they originally intended.
All of our donation pages are closed now. We felt like we had raised enough when we hit £23k. But if you want to donate cash or something else to Ashraf then you can do so at the Malaysian Embassies website. Follow this link.
We would like to pay for his dental and oral treatment.
We are a team of dentist and oral surgeons located in Spain. We would pay for the trip to our Dental Center in Spain and for the entire oral and dental treatment.
If Haziq is interested about this, make me know in we will do the arangements for his trip to Spain as soon as possible.
Thank you very much.
It seems to me that everything financial and physical is being attended to by well wishers.
I suggest that if we can raise enough money, you could provide some sort of service in his name. I haven't formulated a particular plan, though I'm sure there are plenty of people that could make suggestions. One idea that sprang to mind was The Ashraf Haziq Foreign Student Support Program, which would provide non-uk students with the support they need to acclimatise to Britain, so that they can feel welcome and safe. Ashraf has unfortunately experienced the very worst possible welcome to our country, so we need to show both Ashraf and the world that we actively care and support both the citizens and the visitors
Hi Jamie. Just to let you know we will be delivering Ashraf's new PSP and games (along with some donated by Namco Bandai) to Mr Abdullah at the High Commission today.
Well done as well for all your efforts as well; top man.
The United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC) would like to help publicize your website and effort towards helping Asyraf in our newsletter and website - do you have a brief official statement about your project and what your aims are, etc.? We'd also like to be able to help in any way possible - we are connected to both the Malaysian High Commission and the Malaysian Students Department in the UK and can help facilitate contact with them. You can contact us via email (which you can find on our Tumblr website). Thank you so much for your efforts!
Going to be busy (at work) todaybut will definitely be in touch to work out best way of progressing. Thanks.
Why would I send money to a random stranger? Ever since the scams that came up from Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, people are just loving to beg for money from all the bleeding heart saps. Sure, you "say" you're doing something nice, but you could easily pocket the money and no one would know.
I won’t. I am sat in the BBC about to go live on radio 5 live for an interview about this at 0835. If I do something naughty there will be lots of people who know who I am and will be able to come down on me like a ton of bricks.
As a Malaysian, I unpleasantly feels terrible for this event that had actually happened to Ashraf. The manners of these scumbags are really terrifying some other races (I can tell) even me, myself. I applaud you for these kind attention to help our citizen and we FULLY understood how's life being in somewhere 'white' with a tiny minority acting like a dumby.
I just wanted to say thank you for getting back to me, I know you must have a lot going on right now and I really do appreciate you taking the time to respond.
That would be great, that soon as you get some details, if you could kindly help us out as well.
I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your well wishes for our month of Ramadan.
Hi, im a reporter from Malaysia, just to inform that the company sponsoring Asyraf's education is also paying for all his medical costs. I think this is a noble and great initiative to help him, and it would be nice to buy back the things he lost..but since his finances and needs are all covered, maybe you could direct all the money raised to those who suffered losses during the riots, like the poor shopkeepers, and families of those who died in Birmingham etc? Cheers!
Good shout. Appreciate that update. Going to have to work out what Asyraf would like doing with money, too. Obviously he should have a say in it. We will ask him when he is sufficiently recovered and ready to talk.
I'm from Australia - and have just donated. It's not just people from the UK who want to show him and everyone that the world doesn't have to be a bad place.
I'd love to see the money all spent on him. The video sickened me to my stomach.
GGood luck with the fundraising
hi, thank you for your kindness to help ashraf. we as malaysian super duper really appreciate it. about the scholarship, our country already support him 100%. :) i hope this is real and you didn't take any advantage for what happen to him. thank you again. god save the queen :))
I wouldn’t dream of taking advantage of this. Thanks for trusting. And thanks for your regards for Her Majesty!
Hi - my earlier message doesn't seem to be showing up, but we at Bigfish folding bikes would like to give him one of our bikes if he's interested. Let me know the best way to arrange this. I'm the UK marketing manager and you can contact me here @bigfishbike
Just saw this on the dailymail comments section: The Malaysian Deputy High Commissioner Mr Mr. Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah is dealing with donations. Their address is 45-6 Belgrave Square London SW1X8QT. I'll be sending him a card at least. His information officer did give me the DHC's telephone number but he might not want it published. Come on England, let's see what we can do to make up for this savagery.
On a practical level, I think this young man will need some long and very expensive dentistry when the surgeons have mended his jaw. I would suggest you raise cash as it is going cost whether he goes home for the work or stays here and has it done on the National Health or privately. The photograph in hospital seems to show some severe damage to both his jaw and teeth, and it's likely to be a long process to help him smile again. Is there a way to donate, but not only on line, and who is going to manage these funds? If you can get a recognised charity to take in the money I think you would raise more for him. I don't mean to be disrespectful, but I think if you are to raise what he'll need, you need a recognised bone fide "keeper of the purse".
Agreed I need a purser. I will look into a solution for that. Dentistry a good idea.
I too am converned about the legitamacy of this group. Perhaps contact the Standard or Metro and ask them to take on your cause for you. There will be loads of people who could do with a bit of help and it needs something more credible (no offence) than just a person posting on the next
Have contacted the Standard. If they’re up for it I will do that. If you can reach someone there I would be grateful.
Two questions if thats okay.
1. Agree about not being 100% sure he will get the money
2. You say if we get too much then it will be given to other good riot related causes. Okay, I don't think that there is "too much". I can give to other good causes seperately, if I give here I want it all the go to this kid. Im hapy to give a decent amount, im happy to get friends to give, but lets keep going no? I mean if we give him £50k, that still isnt enough. Damn it we should be doing all of the things on your voting list no? Poor guy. So if we can change this to the "everything goes to Ashraf lets raise as much as we can" charity then im in :-)
Fair points. I can’t guarantee you he will get the money. You are just going to have to trust me. Let’s see how much money comes in and what the poll says we should do and then put how the rest is spent to another vote?
This is a good idea, but, no offense, how do we know it's legit? It's not listed on localgiving nor do you seem to have any contact with Ashraf. Don't think I'm being rude. I just really want to help and it is important to know that this is the right way.
You’re not being rude. I couldn’t set it up with localgiving because I am not a registered charity. I can only give you my word for now. Any suggestions for how I can reassure you welcome.
Is there a way we can see how much as been raised for Ashraf? I feel the same as a previous poster - we can't see what is being raised or where it goes but I would love to donate?
Money not showing in PayPal account yet. Got lots of emails confirming payments but too many to tot up. Good few hundred quid though. I’m just one chap trying to do this while at work. Will get a total and share as soon as possible. Probably this evening. Nothing shady going on, I promise.
I'd like to donate but a donate paypal donate button doesn't quite give me the confidence. How do we know he will get the money? Many other may feel the same as me.
Completely understand. I know others will feel the same. But because I am not a charity I can’t do it through localgiving.com or justgiving.com If you know a better way to do it let me know and I’ll give that a go. Failing that all I can do is give you my word that all money raised will go to Ashraf and London Riot related causes (I’ll do another poll to vote on other spending).
I'm also a Malaysian living in the UK and I've been monitoring some of the news from back home. His mother has said that she would like some funds to come and visit him - I think that's a good thing you can do. A direct return flight at this time of year would cost approximately £750; an indirect flight is about £600-£650.
I think that would be great. Going to give the poll until the end of today to get feedback and hopefully try and speak to Ashfraf direct to see what he wants to do. I also need to work out a way for people to make donations.
Do we know what Ashraf had stolen? Can we replace it?
Apparently he lost his bike, his phone, his playstation. I think it would be lovely to replace it all. Just working on best way to raise funds and try and get in touch with Ashraf himself to se what he would like to do.
This is a great idea. The guy who shot this video and I are in conversation about what to do for Ashraf. News companies pay for this footage so Abdul (the guy who shot it) is pledging all that he gets from these companies to Ashraf. He's seeing him today in hospital. Abdul is understandably angry at the situation, angry and upset with himself that he couldn't do anything about it but at least he's got this evidence. The police are coming to take the footage for eidence to catch the perpatrators
Cheers. If he’s well enough I would love to have a word and see what Ashraf would like to do. As a minimum I thought we could raise enough money to buy back the stolen gear. maybe fund a delf-defence course if that’s what he wants. Any suggestions very welcome. just need to work out best way to raise funds.
I am a fellow Malaysian student, and will start my third year in October. Ashraf is a sponsored student, which means that his tuition fees will be paid by his financial sponsor in Malaysia. So there is no need to fundraise for that. Cheers.
Thanks a lot for that update. I had no idea. Are you in contact with him. It would be good to know what he might be interested in us doing. or maybe he has a charity we could support.