A: If so this section should give you plenty of ideas and helpful advice. An event may be of any size. A small event has the advantage of being easy to organise with an immediate fundraising return. It might be a house dinner party or a £1 sale in one of the Islamic Relief shops, or something more creative. The only limit is your imagination!

House party

Organise an afternoon tea party at your house. Ask your neighbours to bring cakes, biscuits and drinks, and charge people £1 entrance This type of event will be successful if it is tailored to local tastes.

Street collections

Collecting money in the street is a good way of raising funds for Islamic Relief projects.
Every year we raise money through street collections, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help. Whatever type of collection you are planning we’ll provide the materials you need, from collecting tins to sashes, to help you make it as successful as possible.
Possible venues could be at service stations, train stations, super markets, at football matches.
Some of these ideas will need local authority permission.

A bazaar/fair/exhibition/car boot sale

is a collection of several small fundraising activities in the same location.  Money is made by playing games and selling food and handmade or bargain goods.  Mosques and schools have favoured this type of event for years.  Bazaars are often combined with jumble sales.

Sponsored events

Sponsored events are another time-tested source of local funds. Almost anything can be sponsored.

> Walks
> Parachute Jumps
> 5k, 10k, half-marathon or marathons
> Mountain climbs
> Charity cycle
> Sponsored silence
> Sponsored fast

E.g. A 24-hour fast is another strategy which may work particularly well if battling hunger is an issue that is being promoted.  Groups utilising this strategy set a specific date for the fast well in advance, publicise it, and ask targeted sectors of the public to go without food on that day and donate to Islamic Relief the money they would have spent on food. The fasting event not only raises funds, but also helps to create empathy by giving the more fortunate an opportunity to experience what it feels like to be hungry. This experience often translates into additional donations.
The idea is to enlist volunteers to engage in an activity (fasting, walking, running, etc.) and to ask their friends, family and workmates to “sponsor” them.
It may be necessary to obtain the permission of police (or other local authority) for walks or runs.

Family fun day

Local authorities should also be consulted regarding insurance regulations, where necessary.

Competitive sports tournaments are another entertaining way to raise local funds through pledges. Volunteers offer to compete at Football, Cricket, basketball, handball, volleyball, squash, tennis or any other competitive sport. The players then ask friends to sponsor them per point or per game. Local businesses might donate T-shirts for the players and prizes for the winners. A small admission fee can be charged for the viewing public.

Speaker programmes

In many towns and cities, people will pay to hear an interesting speaker or series of speakers.  Some groups rent a hall, or have one loaned, and solicit compelling speakers on subjects of interest. You would then charge admission and possibly have some stalls there.

Concerts/comedy shows

Ask well-known musicians/comedians to do a benefit concert, and then sell tickets to friends, family and the public-at-large. Advertising the concert as widely as possible will ensure sale of the greatest number of tickets.

Annual award or charity dinners

Islamic Relief Charity dinners have been very successful in a number of places.

Some of these have been initiated by us and others have been led by volunteer networks.

In schools

Ask your teacher if your class can have a charity non-uniform day and ask everyone to pay £1 to wear their own clothes.
Ask your teacher if you could hold a bring-and-buy sale for your class, or even the whole school! Bring in your old toys and books to sell, and donate the profits to Islamic Relief.

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