24th February, 2017
HALAL-ARIOUS COMEDY TOUR WINS MUSLIM CHARITY AWARD
Head of Fundraising Zaheer Khan with Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
A big thank you to all of you for making it possible for us to win the award for the “Fundraising Campaign of the Year” at the first Muslim Charity Awards.
We won the category for our Super Muslim Comedy Tour 2016, which featured some of your favourite Muslim comedians from the UK and America. Omar Regan, Abdullah Afzal (Amjad in BBC1 comedy Citizen Khan) and Moses the Comic were among the acts who sold-out shows in 11 cities across Britain.
The judges at the awards, organised by the Muslim Charities Forum, praised the charity for its innovative approach to fundraising for its newest campaign, ‘Forgotten Children’ that aims to rescue street children and give them the chance of a childhood.
The campaign met with a brilliant response. Several people, attending the comedy tour decided to support the cost of a fully-fledged rescue centre for street children, costing £25,000, and hundreds of people signed monthly direct debits in support of our campaign. “
The relief efforts will start in Pakistan and Bangladesh with the view to rolling out in Africa in the near future. will focus on essential outreach work to identify vulnerable street children and provide food, clothing, medical support and, where necessary, shelter.
During the ceremony, Penny Appeal was also awarded a commendation for ‘Charity of the Year’. The judges particularly singled out its outstanding work in the UK and beyond. With its ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ programme the charity runs a number of transformative projects including feeding the hungry and homeless, encouraging Muslims to adopt or foster children in care and providing a counselling service for victims of domestic abuse.
“It is both humbling and a great honour to receive this recognition’, said our CEO Aamer Naeem, "it is only made possible by the hard work of our teams and the generosity of our donors."
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