Sorry, entry for Ashrafs only

United by a name: MLA M.K. Muneer, centre, with Ashraf Collective members in Kozhikode on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

What’s in a name? The power of numbers, for one. Certainly if the name is Ashraf.

On Sunday evening, Kozhikode beach in Kerala was abuzz with activity, as a large number of people gathered to think of new ways to pursue social causes. All those present had one thing in common: they are all Ashrafs.

It was ‘Ashraf Sangamam 2018,’ the get-together of the All Kerala Ashraf Collective. While 3,000 people had registered to attend, the final number was higher.

Beach clean-up

The good samaritans recently picked trash off the Kozhikode beach and on Sunday, donated 10 wheelchairs and stretchers to the Government General Hospital.

What spurred the movement was a casual meeting of six Ashrafs at a tea stall in Thirurangadi in Malappuram. The Ashraf Collective was born in May this year and the first meeting of the members was held Thirurangadi in July.

A WhatsApp group was created and it grew into 12 more WhatsApp groups and seven district committees. An overseas unit was formed. Around 5,000 Ashrafs are now registered and the State committee is 51-member strong.

But the collective does not want to be known just for the name. “We plan to open a charity cell, a disaster response force and family counselling centre. We will run campaigns on sanitation, pollution, communalism and drugs,” said Ashraf Manarikkal, the General Secretary.

Women family members of participants were present at the Sangamam, which was opened by MLA M.K. Muneer. Prominent Ashrafs included filmmaker Aleppey Ashraf, mimicry artist Ashraf Thiruvambadi and Mappilapattu singer Ashraf Koduvally.

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