How a ‘Super-Committee’ Raised Over £11,000 for Charity

In just over a week, two Brighton-based student societies raised over £11,000. Our Student Voice Editor Liberty Gatcombe chats to volunteer Zayd Amjad to find out how.

Charity Week is a volunteer led campaign running every year at the end of October as part of Islamic Relief. It raises money for orphans and children in need across the world and operates in 6 countries worldwide.

This year the two Islamic Societies from the University of Brighton and Brighton and Sussex Medical School teamed up, to raise a grand total of £11,536.

We caught up with volunteer Zayd Amjad to chat about the success of this year’s campaign.

Hi Zayd, congratulations on this years Charity Week. You managed to raise an impressive amount of money, tell us a little bit about what you got up to.

Thanks Liberty, yeah we had a wide variety of events on over the week. Varying from a quiz night to a campus-wide puzzle solving scavenger hunt on the University of Sussex campus. You may have seen us selling donuts outside Aldrich library, bucketing on North Street or fundraising online with some crazy challenges (including a few guys who shaved their heads!). 

Blimey, so you were everywhere. How have previous years shaped up to Charity Week 2019?

During 2018 BSMS and Brighton Islamic Society managed to raise £1,192 and £4,590 respectively. This year we decided to unite our powers to form a super-committee, breaking previous records for our institution in the process.

Well Congrats! Over £11,000 is an impressive figure even with a super-committee in force. How did you keep up the momentum?

Many people have asked me how we managed to achieve this. The truth is, the majority of our volunteers required little motivation from us. Charitable acts and helping others is a core principle with Islam. 

Our success is attributable to our dedicated committee and the wonderful group of volunteers. I think it’s truly remarkable what we can achieve when we unite together. Whether you are the richest person in the world or a broke student, there is always a way we can help others.

Thank you Zayd and a massive well done to you and all the volunteers who worked so hard. 

You can find more information about Charity Week and the projects they helped support here.

Liberty Gatcombe

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