Muslim Aid raised over £300,000 last weekend at its Children’s Night of Empowerment Fundraising Dinners held on the 25th, 26th and 27th February in London, Manchester and Birmingham respectively. The fundraising dinners were part of Muslim Aid’s 25th anniversary initiative to raise awareness and support for disadvantaged children around the world.
The keynote speakers included internationally acclaimed academic, Dr. Tariq Ramadan, writer and broadcaster Sarah Joseph and educationist Rifat Batool. The dinners were attended, among others, by business and community leaders.
The world renowned nasheed artist, Ahmed Bukhatir, entertained audience with nasheeds. In a prelude to his performance, he said “I am very glad to see Muslim Aid doing fantastic work by helping children throughout the world. I urge everyone to provide fullest support to Muslim Aid’s work in caring for disadvantaged children.”
In his address of welcome, the Chairman of Muslim Aid, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, greatly appreciated and thanked the remarkable support given by the community to Muslim Aid’s call for empowering children. Highlighting dismal statistics of global child poverty, he said: “22,000 children under five die every day due to lack of basic healthcare; a further 218 million children are child labourers; and only 62% complete primary education in Africa alone. Muslim Aid is determined to help eradicate this alarming problem.”
Speaking at the London event, Professor Tariq Ramadan said: “It is an Islamic and human obligation to support the poor and be involved with the education and future of children not only with our money but also with our hearts. I am extremely pleased that Muslim Aid is not just involved with helping Muslim communities but, as an aid agency, is serving humanity.”
At the Manchester event, Sarah Joseph said: “Charity is not only an act of worship and a way to personal righteousness; it helps to bring justice to the world. It is an honour for me to acknowledge Muslim Aid’s work through local community, as well as its inspiring global activities."
In Birmingham, the Head of Gatton School, Rifat Batool said: “The grim statistics of child mortality in the developing countries is heart rendering. If each one of us gives as little as £3 a month we can make a huge difference to save lives and give children a bright future. Muslim Aid is helping us to make a direct intervention to change this grim reality.”
The tour was sponsored by Lyca Mobile, Engage and First Ethical and other supporting partners namely, Paradex Computing and CBS Estates.
With four years left to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals, Muslim Aid is committed to help eradicate poverty, ensure education for all and provide essential healthcare for the less fortunate.
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