By Al Qalam Reporter
Thousands of students across South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, Germany, Qatar and Canada have raised over R29-million for children across the world for international charity Islamic Relief.
In South Africa alone, a phenomenal R385 000 was raised through a week of Covid-safe activities such as a pop-up fair, dress up day, charity goal scoring tournament, bake sales etc.
Charity Week took place between 5 October and 11 October 2020. It involves student Islamic Societies, schools, colleges, women’s groups and the general public around the country donating their time, energy and goodwill to raise money for Islamic Relief.
Charity Week began as an annual volunteer-led campaign launched by a group of students in London back in 2003. Over the years it has raised over R200-million. Funds raised go to emergency and long-term care for children in some of the world’s poorest places and fragile environments, like Gaza, Yemen, Syria, South Africa and Afghanistan.
Raeesa Dalwai, HOD of Communications at Islamic Relief South Africa said, “Alhamdulilah despite the odds of 2020 being such an anomaly of year, it just goes to show that if your intention is pure, and the team is as committed as our amazing volunteers globally, there is no limit to what we can achieve. This year we have indeed made history, despite the odds. Even though apart everyone came together, and raised funds in innovative ways keeping the COVID protocol in mind. Thank you to our amazing volunteers for working together to raise funds for our orphans and vulnerable children, and making the world a better place one child at a time.”