10 reasons to say Thank You!

Chocolate fudge cakes, golden tickets, Waqar Younis and buses don’t immediately spring to mind when we think about Ramadan. With your help, Islamic Relief featured all of these and more during our Ramadan campaign this year, and raising over £10m!

This Ramadan we have been able to support over 1.5 million people in 31 countries with food packs giving families the opportunity to break their fast nutritiously. During the blessed month, your on-going generosity helped us reach a major milestone in supporting 50,000 orphans globally, SubhanAllah!

Without your continued support and generosity we wouldn’t be able to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, so we wanted to say thank you.

Our SubhanAllah campaign featured in over 1,000 media outlets worldwide and on 500+ buses in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Leicester. Thanks to you, this ground-breaking campaign went viral and trended number 1 on Facebook!

We held three Ramadan launches for our supporters in London, Cardiff and Scotland, raising awareness of our work and what Ramadan signifies to key politicians and members of the community. Tariq Ramadan and Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh were amongst our keynote speakers. During the launch, the word ‘SubhanAllah’ was trending number 1 in the UK on Twitter. Thanks for coming!

We held over 13 Iftars across the country with cricket legend Waqar Younis, Shaykh Jamal Ud Deen Hysaw and Ustada Sawsun – raising hundreds of thousands for various causes. Thanks for donating!

We held multiple live TV appeals on Islam Channel and Channel S. Money raised at these appeals aims to provide innovative long-term water solutions for 1,000 families for years to come whilst combating the negative impact of climate change. Hundreds of vulnerable children will be supported in Gaza, and children in Bangladesh will be pulled out of the cycle of poverty through our alternative orphans sponsorship programme.

We broke ground by fundraising on Facebook Live and took part in live radio appeals on Radio Ramadan, Awaz FM and Leicester Pledge Day which involved staying on air for 12 hours. Thanks for calling in!

Our volunteers delivered over 20,000 cakes countrywide as part of The Cake Campaign. Ten MPs across four political parties lent their support. Volunteers delivered cakes to Andrew Mitchell, Tom Brake, Nick Clegg, Tim Farron, Yvette Cooper, Stephen Timms, Jon Ashworth, Anas Sarwar, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh and Humza Yusuf. #Cakes4Syria, a volunteer led initiative, now its fourth year raised a staggering amount for the people of Syria. Thanks for giving up your time!

For the first time ever, we gave our supporters the chance to go on a sponsored, all expenses paid, Umrah trip. Congratulations to Alima Ali (Wales) and Azlina Shamsudian (Manchester) who found the two Golden Tickets in mail we sent out to tens of thousands of supporters. Thank you for your continued support!

The Ramadan £1 challenge, a volunteer-led initiative, raised over £17,000. Social media was buzzing with people nominating their friends and loved ones to donate a pound. Boona Mohammed, Malia Bouattia, Rima Tadmory, Waqar Younis and Omar Esa were amongst the people who endorsed it. This fundraiser proved that even a small amount of money donated can make a huge difference. Thanks for nominating!

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We carried out over 100 collections at masjid’s throughout the country. Thanks to your generosity we raised almost £300,000!

When Ramadan ended, our work continued. We participated in the Mayor of London’s Eid in the Square as the official charity partner. We also organised the biggest Eid festival in Manchester, attended by over 10,000 people, it raised a phenomenal £40,000! Thanks for joining in the fun!

Our volunteers have always been an integral part of our work. Without your hard work and dedication we wouldn’t be able to carry out the work that we do. During Ramadan over 1,000 people gave up their free time to volunteer for us. From delivering cakes, often in the heat, while fasting, to answering phone calls throughout the night during live appeals, and helping wherever needed. We are so grateful and proud of our volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes, may Allah SWT bless and reward you for your hard work.

Thank You!


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