Young British Muslims to raise £300000 in Ramadan
London: Volunteers from Islamic Relief are dedicated to achieve the target of £300000 from selling cakes. The #Cakes4Syria campaign forms part of Islamic Relief’s annual Ramadan Appeal 2016. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘SubhanAllah’ and celebrates the contribution that Muslims have made in halving extreme poverty around the world. The campaign, which launched on 6 June, has already garnered global attention and has been reported as far afield as Australia, the USA and India.
Last year over 1,600 young volunteers raised an impressive £250,000 for families affected by the Syrian conflict, by delivering chocolate cakes in England, Scotland and Wales. The combined weight of the deliveries was over 40 tonnes, equivalent to six fully grown African elephants.
Now in their fifth year with this initiative, the #Cakes4Syria team wants to smash last year’s total and raise a whopping £300,000. Despite the dramatic jump, Zia Salik, Community Fundraising and Volunteer National Manager, is confident they can reach their target:
“It’s going to be a challenge, but the volunteers are geared up and we always receive terrific support from the public.
“If you had asked me 5 years ago whether the campaign could reach a quarter of a million I would have thought you were crazy, so £300,000 is definitely achievable.”
The #Cakes4Syria campaign began life in 2011 when a group of young Muslims from Bradford decided that they could no longer stand by and watch as the people of Syria continued to suffer. Since 2011 the campaign has expanded nationwide and gone from strength to strength. It now employs over 1,600 volunteers, delivers to more than 1,000 UK postcodes and generates over 1 million social media interactions.
Islamic Relief is an international aid and development agency and the world’s largest independent Muslim charity. It works to alleviate poverty and suffering in over 30 countries – mainly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities – regardless of race, religion or gender.