What is Charity week?
Charity week is grass-roots project started in 2004 by a small team of London University Students. Initially the project was organised through the University of London Islamic Society (ULU Isoc) in partnership with Islamic Relief however since then the organisation has re-branded to be known as the Muslim Student Network. The project is in partnership with Islamic Relief which is one of the 13 charities that are part of the Disasters Emergency Committee)
The initial aim of the week was to raise awareness amongst youth and communities about the plight of orphans around the world however with the blessings of Allah, the project has grown considerably over the years to involved Islamic societies not just all over the UK but all over the world.
Achievements of Charity Week to date include: establishing a clinic for 2000 orphans in Mali, building an orphanage, paying the rent for several orphanages and sponsoring individual orphans in all parts of the world, including Indonesia, India, Niger, Iraq and Bangladesh. Funds left over are being pumped into various projects worldwide to provide orphans with gifts and fun days out.
Where does the money go?
Alhamdullilah 100% of the money raised goes straight to charity with no admin fee taken by Islamic Relief. Since the inception of Charity Week, the project has raised just over £1.5 million and last year alhamdullilah raised £380,000 (of which UCL raised just under £24,000)!
Here is a summary of where the money went in 2011
East Africa Malnutrition Treatment- £130,050
Chechyna Artificial Limb Centre- £102,710.06
Palestine orphan home refurbishment- £99,998
Iraqi orphan health and education- £27,113.41
Kosova orphan home water/sanitation- £15,660.39
Orphan general fund- £3,366.27
More details can be found here in the annual report that outlines the above in more detail
How much has UCL and Rums raised in the past? (Rounded up to the nearest thousand)
And this year with the help of Allah we want to beat our record of £32000!
So should I get involved?
Yes, definitely!! :) Charity week is open to all students, you dont have to be an Isoc member or even a Muslim to get involved, everyone is welcome. Hopefully this year we will be doing large variety of activities on campus so there should be something for everyone! But the main aim of the week is to raise funds for children who need us around world and at the same time have a little fun. Charity week is a blast, and the memories you make stick with you forever, so if you are reading this and wondering whether to get involved, SIGN UP and make sure you keep updated through our website (join our mailing list) or facebook page