Tough Mudder Half for Islamic Relief

Alrighty, get ready to take part in one of the toughest challenges on the planet. One of Islamic Relief‘s latest fundraising challenges is Tough Mudder Half, a 5 mile mud run designed to drag you out of your comfort zone with a test of physical strength, stamina, and mental grit.

With the help of your fellow Mudders, you’ll overcome mud-drenched obstacles and adrenaline-pumping challenges. And you’ll do it all while having incredible fun.

With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasises teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.

The challenge will take place on Saturday 29th July 2017 at Broughton Hall in Skipton, Yorkshire. There’s a registration fee of £49 and fundraising target of £1000.

Not sure if a challenge like this is for you? Check out a few of the stories we’ve published from the Muslim Mudder Nation to date:

So who’s up for the challenge? If it’s you, click here to register your place! Good luck.

Ayesha’s Cycle Challenge

A poetic summary of reflections on my Andalusia Cycle Challenge 2016 for Islamic Relief’s Water4Life project:

 

Cycling through the plains of the stunning South of Spain

While desperately trying to distract myself from the pain

That led from my backside right down to my knees…

I inhaled the smell of a thousand olive trees

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Brotherhood Mudder Run

In an effort to raise funds for Islamic Relief, a group of lifelong friends came together this past week to take on two running challenges. Coming together as a team called The Brotherhood they took part in Tough Mudder London West on 30 April and the Muslim Charity Run inVictoria Park, Tower Hamlets, on 8 May.

“We came, we saw, we conquered,” said Zara Mir, who took part in Tough Mudder for the second time, “We came back a little bruised and very muddy, but otherwise fine! Massive love to this family of mine, they were teamwork personified, always supporting one another till everyone was over the finish line.”

The team raised over £930 for Islamic Relief.

Batman v Superman

Look superheroes, if you’re going to start competing with each other, at least let it be for a good cause. Put away those grudges, drop all that talk of supremacy and get yourselves down to Regents Park in London, for the ever brilliant Superhero Run.

Seriously, you guys, planet earth has a lot bigger problems to deal with than some idiot called Zod and your petty battles over who can change into his costume quickest. Problems like access to clean water. Imagine the good you could have done with the $225 million you spent walloping each other for 2.5 hours. Not to mention the fun you could have had.

Last year nearly 40 brave men and women took to the park on Sunday 17th May, raising thousands of pounds for Islamic Relief’s Water4Life campaign. Team Mix It Up — a group of ladies who train at a women-only fitness centre in Aston — raised almost £3000 between them. These superheroes signed up for this challenge to promote fitness and wellbeing in their community and to raise funds for clean, safe drinking water in developing countries.

So come on Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, whoever: bury the hatchet and break out those running shoes. Get yourself down to the Superhero Run on 15th May to raise funds for Islamic Relief. You’ll be joining 3,000 runners raising money for a tonne of other charities. You don’t need to have experience: it’s the taking part that matters, not the winning — so you can always jog or walk if you need to.

Last year’s event was a fantastic day out for all involved. They were true superheroes, raising funds to provide access to that most vital resource, that most of us take for granted: clean water. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be a superhero for the day.

For more information and to sign up, please visit the Islamic Relief challenges website today.

Halifax to Bradford Fun Run for Islamic Relief

Halifax to Bradford Charity Run - Islamic ReliefOkay my Northern lovelies, this one’s for you! Coventry too far south to travel for your first running adventure of the year? Fear not, because the Islamic Relief Halifax to Bradford Fun Run falls the same day and it’s calling you now.

There are millions of children in poverty around the world, feeling the effects of war, drought and famine. The good news is that charities like Islamic Relief are on the ground to supports as many as they possibly can, to provide access to food, water, education, sanitation and opportunities. The Halifax to Bradford Fun Run on 28 February is billed as a Run for the Children! 

The fun run follows a beautiful scenic 10km route through the hills between Halifax and Bradford in West Yorkshire and is open to people at all levels. You can run, walk or cycle the route, and bring along the whole family if you wish to. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to raise £150 in sponsorship.

For more information and to sign up for this challenge, please visit the Islamic Relief fundraising page now.

 

 

Survival Camp – Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief brings you the Survival Camp on the weekend of 19th and 20th December 2015.

Refugees have walked for months on end in search of safety and shelter. Could you sacrifice just one night and spend 24 hours living the refugee experience – away from the warmth and comfort of your home?

With a minimum fundraising target of £165 you will provide one family with a winter survival pack which may be the difference between life and death for them.

  • London & South Gilwell Park, Waltham Abbey, Essex E4 7QW
  • Midlands & Wales Pioneer Centre, Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire DY14 8JG
  • North & Scotland Linnet Clough Camp, Gibb Lane, Stockport SK6 5NB

There is a non-refundable £10 fee to reserve your space at the camp. Children between the ages of 6-16 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian and anyone between 16-18 must complete a parental consent form.

For more information, visit the Islamic Relief challenges website

Epping Forest Night Trek for Islamic Relief

This one might be for you… if you’re not afraid of the dark!

Islamic Relief’s latest challenge is their Epping Forest Night Trek, which they’re running to raise funds for those suffering in Palestine. With lots of spooky noises and pitch darkness, it will be not just a physical challenge but one that will challenge your mental state of mind too!

The Trek takes place between 4.00pm and 11.00pm on Saturday 5th December 2015. Not for the fainthearted!

For more information visit the Islamic Relief website

 

Count down to the Great Birmingham Run

This Sunday, a team of 6 volunteers will be running 13.1 miles at The Great Birmingham Run! Amongst them is our very own Kanza Ahmed. They are ‪#‎Running4Gaza‬ to help raise funds & awareness about Islamic Relief’s ongoing Gaza campaign. Kanza says:

“after much talking about it, I have finally got my trainers on and decided to tackle my first ever half marathon Inshallah and I want to dedicate my 13.1 miles to fundraise for the people of Gaza! So here’s the deal… I run the miles and you get to help people from the comfort of your sofa… an amazing deal all round!”

Support these brave volunteers, and help them reach their fundraising goals to help Islamic Relief do more for the people of Palestine, insha’Allah!

If you’re in Birmingham, why not get yourself to the race to cheer on some of the 20,000 people who’re running for so many great causes.

Good luck Kanza! We know you can do it. 🙂

Let’s eat cake

Like many people, we’ve looked on at Islamic Relief’s Cakes4Syria campaign with a mixture of awe and humility. Twice a week throughout the month of Ramadan, hundreds of volunteers have given up their own time to deliver over 15,000 delicious cakes nationwide. Yesterday alone they delivered 6000 of them in anticipation of a chocolaty Eid. Most of us have forgotten the heat wave of the first half of Ramadan; not so these valiant volunteers.

The Cake Campaign — the brainchild of enthusiastic Islamic Relief volunteer, Abdul Basit Ali — began in Bradford two years ago during the holy month of Ramadan. The formula is simple: famished folk order a tasty chocolate fudge cake for £10 and £5 of the proceeds are donated to Islamic Relief. It’s a win-win situation: we all get cake, while funds are raised for vulnerable refugees.

Last year the campaign went nationwide, with more and more volunteers joining forces to bring cake to the masses during the longest fasts of the decade. As is often the case with the eager volunteers who are the backbone of every charity, not even the hunger of a 19 hour fast could dampen their dedication to the cause.

With over a hundred volunteers manning the phones and almost a thousand more delivering cakes by car and on foot, it has been a logistical operation of immense proportions which, over the past three years, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for humanitarian relief in Syria.

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Naturally this massively successful campaign has spawned many imitators, as other charities seek to capitalise on its astounding success. This year, for example, SKT Welfare launched its own take on the initiative with its Dates 4 Syria campaign, utilising nearly identical branding and a carbon copy business model. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Cake Campaign must accept the adulation.

The genius and thoughtfulness of the campaign was incredible. In a move that would do Willy Wonka proud, the final batch of cakes were sent out with five Golden Tickets hidden inside the box. We suspect that even Augustus Gloop ordered a cake for Syria this week. Sadly not all of us were lucky enough to have our slice of cake this year, but we have no doubt this extraordinary campaign will return next year and grow from strength to strength.

Surely it is humbling to see what a vast group of dedicated volunteers can achieve when they all pull together for a common cause. Volunteers of Great Britain, we salute you! Watching from the sidelines (we’re not affiliated with any of the charities involved), we have been seriously impressed and are just an incy-wincy bit jealous. Mashallah, I think it’s okay to be envious of good deeds, mashallah, mashallah! May Allah grant us all the ability to act with such thoughtful selflessness as has been exhibited by this troop of volunteers over the past month.

The one outstanding issue that needs resolving for us, however, is how the nation is planning to burn off all those extra calories imbibed through overindulgence on chocolate fudge cake. Naturally, in a shameless act of self-promotion, we think we have the answer. It’s time to get training for our Adha Challenge of course. You’ve got two months to lick yourself into shape.

Let’s all eat cake this Eid. But when the baklava, halva, gulab jamum, marshmallows and oh too tasty cake have all been dusted off,  you must break out those running shoes. It’s nearly time for another adventure.

Islamic Relief Mud Run Challenge!

Almost two years after supporters of Islamic Relief USA took on the Mud Factor challenge to raise money for its orphans fund, it seems Islamic Relief UK has also caught the Mud Run bug.

According to the Islamic Relief Challenges Facebook page, their brand new Mud Run Challenge will take place this August, shortly after Eid al-Fitr. Interestingly they are running the challenge over two separate days for brothers and sisters, presumably for the comfort of participants.

According to their Facebook page:

The Islamic Relief Mud Run Challenge is a team sponsorship event, which aims to raise money to support our Water 4 Life cause.

You will take on a very muddy obstacle course race, which will see you running, walking, climbing, jumping, crawling and laughing from the starting horn to the finish line, Insha’Allah.

The course is designed to push you out of your comfort zone, generate some great teamwork and get your adrenalin pumping. But don’t worry: a sense of adventure is the only prerequisite for entry.

It’s taking place in Dorking in Surrey, just south of London at what they describe as the best assault course in the country. If we are not mistaken, it is happening on the same course used by The Nuts Challenge.

If the numbers of attendees is anything to go by, it looks like this event could be a great success. At the present time almost 50 sisters and 30 brothers have indicated they will be attending.

We’re really excited to learn about this challenge and will watch with interest how it develops. We have seen an explosion in the number of charities holding Mud Run events to support their work over the past couple of years, but this is the first time we have seen a Muslim Charity get involved. If it is a success we have no doubt that we will see many other Muslim charities following suit. Watch this space.

In the meantime, get yourselves down to the Islamic Relief website to book your place. It looks like this is a challenge not to be missed.

Taking on Mud Factor for Islamic Relief

Reposted from the Islamic Relief USA blog: Getting Muddy for a Good Cause.

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On a Saturday morning in August, twenty very different people decided to run a 5k for a good cause. They put on their running shoes and ran, jumping over fallen trees, trekking up intimidating hills, and leaping over muddy streams. The runners even had to climb over some obstacles and crawl under others to complete the race. In the end, they were covered in mud.

The group of Muslim men and women had a single mission when they signed up for the Mud Factor race in Maryland this August: to raise funds for their favorite charity.

“This event was great for charity and a good event for Dawa,” said Abdel Rahman, one of the racers. “People were so impressed with all the hijabis running with the team … Integration is key to end the stereotypes.”

And they raised enough money to sponsor an orphan for the next five years through Islamic Relief USA in just two weeks before the race.

Race groups raised money for their favorite charities, and many charities were represented at the race. Abdel Rahman’s group had the unique opportunity to represent a Muslim charity at the event. And many of the other participants noticed.

“What makes a mud run really worthwhile and popular is the chance to raise money for Islamic Relief. We had people say how cool we were for trying something like this. We received so many high fives. One guy even said ‘Assalamu Alaikum.’ We asked this heavily tattooed man if he was Muslim and he said ‘no, but I have a lot of respect for your group doing this.’” said organizer Rasha A., of Falls Church, VA.

Another racer, Merehan E. from Fairfax, VA, recalled some other contestants surprised by Muslim women like her being active in the community. “I remember one lady giving us praise for doing this while being fully dressed, while another couple who wanted to join our team at our next event and they were not even Muslim,” she said.

Plus, the team had so much fun, they decided to plan their next group adventure in November at the Run or Dye race to raise even more support for IRUSA programs.

Teams like this in the community help facilitate understanding and cooperation amongst all community members, despite their background. More groups like these can help people in need, but also help others understand that Muslims are people who like to have fun too.

If you and your friends are adventure seekers, get involved with Team Fundraising: find a cause you would like to support and start a group. You can participate in many races or events in your community. It’s a way to put a smile on your face—and the face of someone in dire need.