Scrimping Students Raise £400k in One Week
Cardiff Metropolitan’s Islamic Society (ISOC) raised a record-breaking £4,190.40 for child refugees and orphans around the world as part of Islamic Relief’s charity project.
ISOCs across the UK and worldwide united to raise money for the charity Islamic Relief as part of their student established project ‘Charity Week’. Students across the UK raised a grand total of just under £400,000 in just one week, including a banana being auctioned off for over £1,000.
Within the region of Wales and West England universities that took part, Cardiff Met’s ISOC ranked at fourth place under Bath University, Cardiff University and Bristol University (ranking at first place).
After freshers week, Cardiff Met’s ISOC members across all years as well as graduate students teamed up to organize a variety of fundraisers. The students coordinated crowd-drawing street collections in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre at Queen Street. Also, they organized a sponsored weekend of camping at The Gower in Swansea, without the use of any social media or technology for 24 hours. In addition, a girls’ henna and film night was held at the Llandaff Campus and ISOC volunteers hosted an array of cake sales throughout the week as well as a sell-out international food stall, brought back after last year’s popular demand.
Some first year students that had taken part in the ISOC’s Charity Week for the first time had concluded that it was, “A week to remember, making us feel welcome at Cardiff Met and it was such a great cause to support.”
Islamic Relief’s Charity Week project gave the institution that had raised the greatest sum of money, the opportunity to choose from one of four projects to donate to. The projects all focus on helping children, such as vulnerable child refugees who have fled from Syria into the UK, since the conflict had begun in 2011. Other projects also focused on meeting educational needs for children aged 13-16 in Gaza, supporting an orphan sponsorship scheme in Bangladesh and providing healthcare for Syrian children in Aleppo.
Recently, heavy-airstrikes in eastern Aleppo have left all hospitals out of action in rebel-held areas. The ISOC members expressed great concern after the news that the last children’s hospital was bombarded on 17th November 2016 and felt that more needed to be done for the innocent children and civilians at risk every day.
Cardiff Metropolitan’s ISOC president of 2016, Aniqah Murtaza reflected upon this year’s successful Charity Week: “We really wanted to push ourselves to beat totals from the previous years. Going from raising just under £1,000 a few years ago to nearly £4,000 last year, my goal for the ISOC was to smash the total from last year and through all volunteers’ hard work during the week, we did just that!”
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