Unity Week – Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Since inception, volunteers have been at the centre of Islamic Relief operations and remains the backbone since inception in 1984 and remains the back-bone of the organisation 33 years later.

“At Islamic Relief, we know we would be nowhere without the energy, efforts and dedication of thousands of volunteers up and down the country who go out of their way to support our work,” Islamic Relief South Africa CEO, Yusuf Mohamed, explained.

“Our volunteers do a huge range of activities to fundraise and spread the message about our work. We have volunteers who organises cake sakes, takes up sports challenges to raise funds for orphans and some who offer their technical and professional skills which are so valuable to us.”

Unity Week 2017

Between the 23rd and the 29th October, the Islamic Relief Cape Town volunteer team will be hosting Unity Week. The aim is to bring together like-minded community-based organisations and volunteer groups in our community to raise awareness and funds for orphans and vulnerable children.”

The initiative is being led by Islamic Relief South Africa volunteers. Project leader, Rushda Booley, explained the concept and the team’s intended outcomes. “Unity Week is based on a similar concept run by volunteers in the United Kingdom, who has been mentoring us to ensure that our pilot project is a success. We are doing this for the sake of Allah (SWT) and we want to educate the community about the plight of orphan and vulnerable children in our community. They are often left to fend for themselves with little or no support.”

Some of the confirmed groups who will be participating in the inaugural Unity Week are Lace Up for Change, Warriors of Hope, the Habibia Archery club and AJ the duo.

According to Zeenat Parker from Warriors of Hope, the organisation started out helping orphans and vulnerable children who were in dire need of help. “We have seen what a difference it makes to those children who are often forgotten in society. They need love, care and at Warriors of Hoper, we aim to focus on the struggles of these individuals.”

“We will be hosting a series of events to raise awareness amongst adults and children of the plight of the needy and vulnerable children all over the world. We will be hosting a brunch at Al Hambra restaurant on Sunday, 29th October. This will be run alongside a schools event where we will be hosting a Pyjama Day as part of Unity Week.”

AJ the Duo’s Aboo Taalib Abrahams said they will be taking their guitar-busking skills to the V & A Waterfront for the duration of Unity Week. “I know what it feels like to go through a difficult time and to rely on others for support. I feel that it is my duty to help the poor wherever and whenever I can. We all go through tough times but Unity Week is a good reminder to ourselves to remember those who are worse off than us.”

Lace Up for Change (LU4C) will be hosting a night run on Friday, 27th October at the Rondebosch Common and is calling on all amateur runners to support the fundraising drive. “Our Light Up for Change run will take place after Magrib. Entry fee is just R10 and we call on the running community to come out in their neon colours to support this worthy cause,” LU4C vice-chairperson, Irafaan Abrahams said.

Islamic Relief South Africa CEO Yusuf Mohamed applauded the efforts of the volunteer groups who have signed up for this year’s Unity Event and urged the community to support the scheduled events.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Islamic Relief or the upcoming Unity Week events, please email ashraf.kenny@islamic-relief.org.za or call 0216960145.

Ashraf Kenny is Islamic Relief South Africa’s volunteer coordinator. Tweet ashraf_kenny or call on 072 2021007