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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!

27th November, 2013

UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The Gambia, like other West African countries, has had a long history of slavery, which began in the tenth century. Around three million slaves were taken from the Gambia during the 300 years of the transatlantic slave trade. Slavery was finally abolished in the Gambia in 1906 although modern forms of slavery still persist. The Gambia is one of the world’s poorest countries.

Just one sixth of its land is arable and soil quality is poor, leading to a dependence on one crop – peanuts. The country relies heavily on peanut exports and so it is susceptible to fluctuations in world prices.

 

A third of Gambians live below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. Gambia has a high infant mortality rate as well as a high maternal mortality rate. Eradicating poverty and improving food security and nutrition are considered important issues in the country’s development. Other issues are gender equality and ensuring education for all school-age children; in rural areas poverty and cultural factors prevent girls attending school.

 

Penny Appeal is carrying out the following projects in The Gambia:

24th October, 2013

Join us at the Global Peace and Unity Festival!

The 6th Global Peace and Unity Festival opens its doors on Saturday 23rd November at ExCel London for a weekend of harmony and entertainment. Come and have a chat with us at the Penny Appeal stall (C20) and you could have your photo taken with a Muslim celebrity!

 

Fancy a FREE ticket? Simply sponsor an orphan, a well, or 120 life-saving meals here and you will receive FREE entry as a thank you! (You may make a one-off payment or choose to pay monthly by Direct Debit.)

 

The festival gathers individuals and organisations from across the social, political and religious spectrum, providing informative seminars and workshops as well as international speakers and performers. There is live entertainment, an international food court and shopping at the GPU souk in addition to attractions for both adults and children, including a funfair and a sports and adventure zone.

 

We’re looking forward to meeting you!

 

Read more about the GPU Event here.

18th September, 2013

Thirst Relief – Solving Thirst First!

 

Our Thirst Relief team remains focussed on its global mission to ‘solve thirst first’! Over the last two months we have installed many wells in lots of countries worldwide including a much-needed tube well in Sunderpur Village in the Sarlahi District of Nepal, to the delight of its residents! Beforehand, villagers used mainly contaminated river water, which carried a high risk of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid, and intestinal worms!

 


The new tube well was funded by Penny Appeal supporter Chris Marshall, who ran 2,012 kilometres during 2012 to raise money for wells in twelve countries. It will provide the people of Sunderpur Village with easy access to safe water. This will improve health, which in turn should help to improve the villagers’ economic conditions. Tube wells are generally bored to a depth of 35 to 50 metres, depending on the water table and the viability of the water available.

 

 

Chris commented, “Seeing these pictures of real people benefitting from my running makes the challenge so worthwhile. Every water project we’ve been able to fund so far this year will make a real difference to so many peoples’ lives.  I’m incredibly grateful for the support of all those who sponsored me; without their generosity these wells would not have happened.”

Donate a well in your name or in memory of a loved one from just £300 (or £25 monthly direct debit).

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29th January, 2013

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