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This year Charity Week is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary, so there’s no better time to get involved in this action-packed week and be a part of this historic moment!

Each year is an opportunity for communities to come up with fun and creative fundraising ideas, and we’re always amazed at what you come up with!

You, the walker, the bucketer, the baker, the wicket keeper, the goalie (and the list goes on…!) are taking incredible measures to raise funds for this precious cause, and our 20th Charity Week Finale is a chance for everyone to come together once more, to celebrate and reflect on the dedication, resilience and most importantly the unity you’ve all shown!

Make sure you don’t miss out on the achievements you have worked so tirelessly to achieve, together for orphans and children in need. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Walk for Orphans 2023

To celebrate Charity Week’s 20th year anniversary we've launched a new 5km sponsored Walk for Orphans, taking place in six cities across the UK, this October.

Fundraise £100 each and walk towards a brighter future for orphans and children in need.

Sign up with your friends and family today!

About Charity Week

Charity Week began as a vision – a vision that the problems of the world could not be solved by money, but through unity, a vision that stated that we are stronger together rather than apart.

In 2003, the work for that vision began – an Islamic Relief volunteer and student at a London university got himself a simple shoebox and stood outside of his university prayer room to begin collecting funds for orphans and vulnerable children. He raised £73 that day.

Set to celebrate its 20th year this year, Charity Week is today one of one of the world’s largest volunteer-led and organised campaigns, with close to £15 million raised for orphans and children in need.

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20 Years of Charity Week

For 19 years, Charity Week has demonstrated the power of grassroots activities and activism by raising close to £15 million through essentially 20 weeks of bakes sales, quiz nights and mountain climbs and many more creative grassroots initiatives!

Islamic Relief has been indispensable in facilitating volunteer initiatives globally.

As Charity Week turns 20, here’s to the next 20 years of change-makers, transforming lives around the world!

Charity Week wants to make it even easier for everyone to get involved! As a unity project, which encourages as many people as possible to raise small amounts that collectively, will have the widest impact for children in need! Its mission is to reach more vulnerable communities in more countries around the world.

How Charity Week has been transforming the lives of orphans and children

Every child deserves the best start in life: a happy home, a safe place to play and access to quality education, medical care, and nutrition. For a staggering 1 in 5 children worldwide living in extreme poverty, many of these simple necessities and rights are out of reach.

Over the last 10 years Charity Week has raised vital funds to support 580,000 orphans and vulnerable children through orphan care, education, and emergency relief projects across 36 countries.

The funds you help raise by participating in our Walk for Orphans, will be supporting orphans and vulnerable children through a variety of Islamic Relief’s incredible projects across the world.

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Image: children from an orphanage in Syria, supported by Charity Week, receiving gifts.

Projects like ‘Education for Rohingya Refugees in Malaysia’, help vulnerable children in the community minimise the gaps they face in the education sector and maintain their key stage learning levels, ensuring they do not feel left out with other children in the community – and you help make this possible with the funds you raise.

Other examples of the projects you’re supporting include:

  • Supporting Children’s education for those with disabilities in Palestine
  • Education support for children out of education in Somalia
  • Orphans and Psychosocial support in Mali

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