Volunteers pull out all stops for charity

2019-04-02 06:00
Volunteers who assisted at the first-ever Islamic Relief South Africa festival.

Volunteers who assisted at the first-ever Islamic Relief South Africa festival.

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Humanitarian and development agency, Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA), held its first-ever community festival solely organised by volunteers this past weekend in Lansdowne.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness and funds for the organisation’s disaster response operations in countries affected by natural disasters and conflict.

While it was a bundle of nerves for the organising committee, events and volunteer coordinator at Islamic Relief, Taskeen Barday, says their planning and hard work paid off handsomely in the end.

“We received so much positive feedback about using the Santos Sports Ground as a venue. We were pleased when people took time to acknowledge the auxiliary services which we ensured was present on the day such as security services, recycling stations and cleaning services.”

She lauded the dedication of the volunteers who sacrificed their time to ensure the success of this Islamic Relief festival.

“These days it is rare to meet people who are passionate about serving humanity. The volunteer team often met after work to finalise logistics. We are truly indebted to them for sacrificing their time to help us in our cause,” he says.

While the public enjoyed an array of culinary tastes with some of the most popular food trucks trading on the day, local community station, Radio 786, also broadcasted live from the event. “We are so pleased that all the monies raised in such good spirit will go on and spread joy somewhere else in the world. We already rolled out assistance in Malawi for the floods and responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen that has affected over 110 000 people,” says IRSA CEO Yusuf Mohamed.

Islamic Relief since opening its doors in 1984, has helped over 117 million lives and by donating and following them online you too can help them with their quest to Save Lives.

V To find out more about volunteering opportunities with Islamic Relief, visit www.islamic-relief.org.za or call 0800 111 898 (toll-free).

Humanitarian and development agency, Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA), held its first-ever community festival solely organised by volunteers this past weekend in Lansdowne.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness and funds for the organisation’s disaster response operations in countries affected by natural disasters and conflict. While it was a bundle of nerves for the organising committee, events and volunteer coordinator at Islamic Relief, Taskeen Barday, says their planning and hard work paid off handsomely in the end.

“We received so much positive feedback about using the Santos Sports Ground as a venue. We were pleased when people took time to acknowledge the auxiliary services which we ensured was present on the day such as security services, recycling stations and cleaning services.”

She lauded the dedication of the volunteers who sacrificed their time to ensure the success of this Islamic Relief festival.

“These days it is rare to meet people who are passionate about serving humanity. The volunteer team often met after work to finalise logistics. We are truly indebted to them for sacrificing their time to help us in our cause,” he says.

While the public enjoyed an array of culinary tastes with some of the most popular food trucks trading on the day, local community station, Radio 786, also broadcasted live from the event. “We are so pleased that all the monies raised in such good spirit will go on and spread joy somewhere else in the world. We already rolled out assistance in Malawi for the floods and responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen that has affected over 110 000 people,” says IRSA CEO Yusuf Mohamed.

Islamic Relief since opening its doors in 1984, has helped over 117 million lives and by donating and following them online you too can help them with their quest to Save Lives.

V To find out more about volunteering opportunities with Islamic Relief, visit www.islamic-relief.org.za or call 0800 111 898 (toll-free).

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