Students raise record sum of over £1m for Islamic Relief

London: Students across the UK and overseas have raised the record-breaking sum of over £1m for Charity Week – by far the largest annual amount in the Week’s 13-year history.

The students raised a total of £1,057,220.12, which will be used by Islamic Relief to provide aid and assistance to vulnerable children in Bangladesh, Gaza, Syria and the UK.

This year’s Charity Week, which ran from 24 to 30 October, saw thousands of students fundraise in more than 200 universities, schools, colleges, youth groups and businesses across the UK, Canada, Germany, Qatar, the United States and Australia.

The volunteers raised the money by organising a wide range of activities including mountain climbs, bake sales, football tournaments, fashion shows, dinners, street collections and even fundraising auctions.

The record-breaking sum, which brought together the totals raised in London, the UK and internationally, was revealed on Sunday 27 November during Islamic Relief’s International Annual Dinner at the Marriott Hotel in London, which was attended by around 450 guests from across the UK and from overseas.

Imran Madden, UK Director of Islamic Relief, said:

“We want to thank the thousands of students and volunteers across the UK and around the world who have given their time and energy to fundraise for Islamic Relief’s Charity Week Campaign.

“This is a fantastic achievement. The need for the work Charity Week helps to fund is greater than ever and we are grateful to all of the students and volunteers who have worked so hard to achieve so much for those who have so little.”

As part of Charity Week, students choose where the money goes to by selecting the Islamic Relief projects to benefit from the proceeds. This year the money is going to the Alternative Orphan Sponsorship Programme in Bangladesh, the repair and refurbishment of an education training centre in Gaza, free healthcare resources and support for children in Syria, and fostering and supporting child refugees when they come to the UK.