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25th July, 2014

World Record Breakers

Penny Appeal Breaks Guinness World Record for the longest Live TV Charity Appeal


Penny Appeal have broken the Guinness World Record for the longest live televised charity appeal, which now stands at a fantastic 182 consecutive hours following our live TV charity telethon.


The record was broken at 5am on Friday, 25th July 2014, and smashes the previous record, which stood for 13 years. The live 24/7 appeal was televised on British Muslim TV, Sky channel 860 and took place during the last 10 days of Ramadan 2014.


All funds raised during the World Record Charity Appeal will go on to tackle poverty issues worldwide and will be used to feed the poor, build life saving wells, sponsor orphans, restore sight to people with avoidable blindness and provide emergency aid to those affected by the Syria and Gaza crises.


The live appeals have featured special guests, renowned scholars, feedback on Penny Appeal’s projects overseas, and live reports from the field. 


Our World Record Charity Appeal came at no better time as the people of Gaza are in desperate need of emergency food and medical aid.

 

With your generous donations, we can still help vulnerable families living in extreme poverty.

22nd July, 2014

Take The Plunge With Penny Appeal

Calling all Thrill Seekers!  Conquer the highest bungee in the UK on Saturday 16th August 2014 in aid of our Thirst Relief Campaign.

Help raise money for a much-needed water well in Gambia, in one of the most water-scarce and deprived communities in the world.

 

Located in South Wales, the Bungee Jump is a truly iconic jump. With the surrounding Welsh countryside, stretching for miles around, the 400ft Bungee Jump does not disappoint, offering fantastic views as you ascend the 300ft in a crane. The 100ft quarry below will look further away than you could imagine and as you hear the words "3, 2, 1, Bungee!" you will need all you courage to take that leap of faith off the platform!

 

Click here for more Information about Taking The Plunge

 

Click here for more Information about Sponsoring a Well in Gambia

24th April, 2014

Meet the team - Rizwan Khaliq

Rizwan Khaliq

Get to know our unsung heroes – the people working hard behind the scenes at Penny Appeal HQ and around the world. Find out what they do and what makes them tick. This month, we introduce our Creative Director and the man behind the big ideas: Rizwan Khaliq!

Name?

Rizwan Khaliq

Job Title?

Creative Director

Where are you based?

The capital city - London!

What's your role within the Penny Appeal team?

Simply put, I’m the magician and the Pied Piper rolled into one! I jingle-it-up with some razzmatazz plus a healthy dose of pixie dust to make Penny Appeal campaigns come to LIFE! I also meet with key stakeholders up and down the country and share the magic of Penny Appeal with them – our values and our vision – so that more and more people understand and embrace ‘small change, big difference’ and the affordable and rewardable way of doing charity!

 

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined Penny Appeal back in May 2012, so that makes it two years now. It’s amazing how fast time flies when you enjoy what you’re doing. Our team and our work have grown so much since that time, Masha’Allah! The future definitely appears to be orange!

 

What do you love most about your job?

There are lots of things I love about Penny Appeal – where do I start? Firstly, there’s always so much to do, no one day is the same. There’s always a big buzz around Penny Appeal and it’s great to be part of something that’s positive and growing so rapidly. Secondly, there’s lots of job satisfaction here! Penny Appeal is all about reaching out and helping humanity, those that need us most. It’s very humbling to know that what you’re doing on a daily basis actually does matter. Lastly, I guess it’s all about maintaining and nurturing that spiritual connection with God. Penny Appeal allows me to engage in good, honest, humbling, spiritual work that I know my Lord holds in high esteem and blesses abundantly. This is a huge plus and something I know we all value very highly here at Penny Appeal! May it be accepted from us all, Ameen!

 

What has surprised you most about working with Penny Appeal?

It has to be the energy, enthusiasm and passion with which people have responded to our ‘small change, big difference’ philosophy. We could never have predicted such a reaction! Everyone is so passionate about reviving the Sunnah of small and regular giving. Donating a pocketful of pennies to help transform the world is a philosophy that’s proven to be highly infectious!

 

What do you find most challenging?

It’s got to be keeping up with all that’s going on, on a daily basis! There’s so much happening that at times, it seems like ideas develop a life of their own! With all the enthusiasm around the place, actually tying ideas down, lest they escape and develop into something completely different, is the challenge! It’s a good challenge; I’d rather be part of a place full of rich ideas rather than be part of a place with none!

 

What do you wish other people knew about Penny Appeal?

The fact that we take our fieldwork very seriously too! Many people think we’re all about cheap and cheerful but there’s a lot more to Penny Appeal, which often gets missed. Our campaigns are not just about cost-effectiveness, we are delivering some really excellent results too! Last year, we took on thousands of orphan sponsorships, built even more life-saving water wells and provided over 500,000 meals for the poor and needy. I’m sure there are a lot of people who didn’t know this!

 

What was your first job?

My first proper job was working as a recruitment consultant in my uncle’s firm having just finished my GCSE’s! He had hired me as a favour to my mum, to get me out of the house. He had also hired a back-up recruitment consultant to cover my workload (how rude!) but there was no need! I took to the task like a fish to water! I think I must have made my uncle lots of money that summer because he always employed me for every summer break, and without any back-up I’m glad to say!

 

Outside work, what are your passions?

Outside work, I like going to the movies and eating out with the family. I like adventure movies mainly but also enjoy true stories. I can’t wait to see the new Spiderman and I really enjoyed Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. In terms of food, I like it all, Italian, Persian, Lebanese, Moroccan and Mexican… you name it, I’ll eat it – that’s as long as its halal of-course!

 

Who or what inspires you?

Real-life personalities, who’ve had to go on journeys of discovery to find themselves; or who’ve had to overcome great odds, discrimination, prejudice and much adversity to achieve something important, really inspire me. People like Florence Nightingale, Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mohammed Ali, the Prophet Mohammed and his companions, the Prophet Noah, the Prophet Moses, as well as those not so well known people such as Carl Brashear, James Braddock and Erin Brockovich are but a few examples.

 

What was the last book you read or recommended?

The last book I read was ‘Pirates AHOY!’ with my five year old daughter as part of her bedtime reading! It’s a book about a pirate ship discovering all sorts of wonderful things whilst at sea! I was putting on my pirate accent and not doing a very good job if I’m honest, but my children enjoyed it and together we all had lots of fun!

 

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I once scored a solo goal in football, picking up the ball from my defenders and running the full length of the pitch, beating tackles to score at the other end! It was in the playground at primary school… but what a great goal!!!

25th March, 2014

Meet the team - Hayden Kurek

Abdul Raheem Aksar
Get to know our unsung heroes – the people working hard behind the scenes at Penny Appeal HQ and around the world. Find out what they do and what makes them tick!
Name? Hayden Kurek
Job Title?
IT Support
Where are you based?
Penny Appeal HQ - Wakefield
What's your role within the Penny Appeal team?    
I’ve got a really unique role in the organisation where I look after IT administration and the donor database for Penny Appeal. I also support the Programme Team with the preparation of well and orphan feedback reports that we send out to our donors.

How long have you been part of the team?
It’s been exactly a year since I joined Penny Appeal and I’ve really enjoyed every second of it. It’s been an incredible journey so far and I’ve learned so much. The whole team is amazing and so welcoming, but the best thing is that they support me in my personal development.

What do you love most about your job?
No two days are the same at Penny Appeal – the variety of work really keeps things fresh. As I look after the database, I get to be involved in a lot of the key organisational decisions and this makes me feel really valued. What I love the most though, has to be the fact that we are helping so many people around the world. Because I pull the feedback reports together, I see hundreds of pictures and stories that many people wouldn’t normally see, and knowing how much we help these people really motivates me.

What has surprised you most about working with Penny Appeal?
I was shocked to find out how small the team is compared to the amount of work that’s actually done. Everyone who works for the organisation is really committed and passionate about what they do. It’s not just the people who work here that are like this, it’s our donors too who are equally passionate. I was taken aback by just how much people support us and the things they do to help the poor and needy in the world.
 
What do you find most challenging?
Because I really love what I do, I always want to do everything I can and make it the best I possibly can. So sometimes I take a lot of things on and don’t prioritise properly, but it’s getting better as now I make sure I plan my work for the day.

What do you wish other people knew about Penny Appeal?
We’ve got some fantastic campaigns and you should really look at the difference our projects make, whether that be helping and caring for orphans, providing clean water for communities or helping to feed the poor and needy. We’re not just about collecting pennies and buckets full of change; we really know how to best spend your donations in the most cost effective and efficient way.

What was your first job?
My passion for IT started early, as you may tell by my first job, which was working for an IT recycling company, refurbishing old laptops so they can be used again. This brought up a few challenges, like things not working as they should, but I enjoyed the problem solving that came with it.

Outside work, what are your passions?
I actually love biking, but I’ve not been on one for a while since suffering quite a dangerous accident. Thankfully, I’m all better now and I’m looking forward to getting back on the saddle.

Who or what inspires you?
I work with a really fantastic team and all of them give me inspiration in different ways. They’ve shown me how to work within time frame and deliver on time, and to even be true in what you believe in. Their common passion for helping people, who don’t have the things we take for granted, is definitely infectious and makes you realise what’s important in life.

What was the last book you read or recommended?
I very rarely read because I struggle with a reading disorder but I do watch films and movies that are based on actual events genuinely fascinate me.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
After reading this, you may be surprised to know that I’m only 19 years old and, even though I’m the youngest, I’m the tallest in the organisation at a staggering 6’5” tall. You’ll always notice me in team photographs as I literally stand out!

27th February, 2014

Meet the team - Khalil Benkhalil

Abdul Raheem Aksar
Get to know our unsung heroes – the people working hard behind the scenes at Penny Appeal HQ and around the world. Find out what they do and what makes them tick! This month we get the low-down on Khalil Benkhalil, Penny Appeal’s Fundraising Officer.
Name? Khalil Benkhalil
Job Title?
Fundraising Officer
Where are you based?
Penny Appeal Bradford Office
What's your role within the Penny Appeal team?    
My role is to think of and organise fundraising events which get the youth and the community involved on both a local scale and a nationwide scale. That may be a challenge, such as our Zip Wire for victims of Typhoon Haiyan or April’s Walk for Water event, or something more formal such as charity dinners. Really, it’s thinking up any unique idea to raise funds for those in need and to execute it.

How long have you been part of the team?
I have been part of the team since October 2013.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the fact that it is fun and you get to interact with so many people. But nothing is better than the feeling you get when your hard work pays off and you see the amount it has raised – that’s the best feeling!

What has surprised you most about working with Penny Appeal?
The love and the support you get when working with Penny Appeal, and how even though our team is small we have surpassed targets that we could only dream of. I also love the ambition, determination and humility within the team.
 
What do you find most challenging?
Trying to manage the work load alongside a full time degree is something that I have learned to cope with but I would say that prioritising and managing my time accordingly is the most challenging part.

What do you wish other people knew about Penny Appeal?
I wish they knew about the hard work that goes into everything that we do every day and just how that hard work pays off in the field, where it makes a real difference to someone’s life.

What was your first job?
My first job was at a charity back in 2011. It was similar to my role here at Penny Appeal in terms of raising funds. I started off as a volunteer and then was taken on part-time.

Outside work, what are your passions?
The two F’s, food and football! My favourite food is a Libyan pasta dish. As for football, please try not to judge me but my supported football team is Manchester United!

Who or what inspires you?
As a fundraiser you can't always go out into the field and see the smiles on the faces of the children you have helped. It’s an inefficient use of resources so I cannot always be inspired that way. However the support I get from my volunteers and the community really does inspire me.

What was the last book you read or recommended?
Malcolm X the Autobiography. As a fundraiser, public speaking is very important, and to read a book about arguably one of the best public speakers the world has ever seen was truly inspiring.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have a few moves on the football pitch that may surprise a few people!

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