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Charity Fundraising Dinner 2015

I was invited to attend the Shakhsiyah Primary School fundraising event at Abbey Manor, as an alumni, on Saturday 19th December 2015. Upon arriving at the venue I, as well as many others, was greeted in the reception area with the warmth and hospitality of many familiar faces. The attendees mingled and viewed the various stalls, products and services on offer whilst waiting for the programme to begin.

By 7pm most guests were seated and Rizwan Hussain, the compere, started the event by inviting the children of ISF onto the stage to perform beautiful nasheeds and presentations, followed by various alumni who enlightened us on their journeys in life after leaving Shakhsiyah. Thereafter, I listened attentively to inspirational talks by Akram Khan Cheema, Ahmad Thomson and Farah Ahmed. Mr Rizwan Hussain then carried out an appeal for donations and pledges for the new school.

Straight after the fundraising we all enjoyed the delicious starters provided by Sapna Caterers’, the first course of a three course meal. As soon as the starters were eaten, Colin Nell, English football freestyler, sport choreographer, actor and sports model, was invited on stage. I dislike football very much and was dreading this part of the event. However, the performance put on by Mr. Nell put all my negativity towards football aside. To me, his performance was the best part of the event and I know many others agreed. The audience, both young and old, were captivated by his tricks, sought his autograph and hoped to see him again soon.

Then the auction commenced with football memorabilia, jewellery, clothing and a giant life-size teddy bear all being sold to the highest bidder. The second and third parts of the three course meal were served and we all tucked in heartily. The nasheed artist, Omar Esa sang beautiful nasheeds, along with the children from the audience, which touched my and the hearts of many others.

This night was definitely one I will remember, with approximately £60,000 raised. I as an ex-ISF member enjoyed the opportunity to meet and catch-up with former class mates after so long. It was also a brilliant and fun way to relive memories. Insha’Allah the efforts of all of the people who helped contribute to the success of the evening will be rewarded and never be forgotten. Ameen

Written by Sumayya Ali (Alumni, Left ISF 2011)




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