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For my citizenship coursework, I will be working with Muhammad Hayyat Khan and Ahmed Mamman because all three of us have been good friends for a long time. In addition, we get on together extremely well and never have problems deciding things between us. Both of my colleagues have had very good previous academic years and therefore together we should be able to come up with some really high-quality ideas of what possible things we can do for our coursework. I know by working with my two friends that I will surely decide on a good coursework project to do. Another advantage point is that we meet quite often outside of school so doing the coursework out of school would not be much of a problem. Advantages for working together include that we equally share the responsibility and each contribute to the work so it is not too hard. Furthermore if we have three people we will get three different ideas instead of one this also proves as a very big advantage as will be able to choose from a variety and pick the one idea which suits us the best. Also on the day of the activity, we will be able to spread out responsibilities so that the activity goes according to plan and smoothly so that there is no major problems. As if one person had to buy the sweets, write the names of contestants down, and deal with the money, it would be very hard instead; we could split the workload between us. As having many advantages there are many disadvantages about working with my two friends these include: that two people could stop contributing to do work and all workload is thrown on to one person this will pressurise the single person and may be the whole coursework would come to a halt. Another disadvantage could be that my friends and I cannot meet up because there are busy with family or something else e.g. going out with family, going shopping etc all these things again could stop the coursework from going further. Other problems could consist of that between us we could have an argument and dispute and then everyone stops with their part of the coursework this would be bad as then the coursework would just stay unfinished.
Aims and Purpose
The activity I have chosen to do for my citizenship coursework will be to do a “Guess How Many Sweets In A Jar” competition. The purpose of my activity is to do a competition and I will raise money and awareness for Islamic Relief so that people know what Islamic relief does and how it helps people and places around the world and how it affects our lives. I also will raise money for Islamic relief so that they can carry on helping people around the world especially third worlds countries and use our collected money for a could cause and help those who have been innocent victims of natural disasters. The aim of my activity is to get as many people as possible to take part in this competition and also to raise awareness about Islamic Relief all money raised from this event will be given to them. In addition, I will try to effectively work as a group and a good team member to produce good results by making a reasonable amount of charity money to give to mentioned charity and to make people aware of charities like Islamic Relief. Muhammad, Ahmed and I all came up with lots of various ideas to do for our citizenship coursework. After a lot of hard thinking of what activities we could do, each of us jotted down all their ideas that came to mind on a blank sheet of paper and then finally created a list. The listed consisted of many ideas ranging from cake sales to bullying and racism awareness sessions. After we finished jotting down ideas we started to eliminate each activity that either we could not do or the activity that was too hard or complicated. Firstly, we started of with an idea for us to cut grass for people around a selected area we eliminated this because although it was good money making scheme it would not have been the safest of ideas knocking on doors to strangers that we do not even know. Next we thought about doing raising awareness sessions around the local community in schools etc but we ruled this idea out because it was too complicated as we had to first arrange for a school that was let us do a session with the children, also we would have to prepare a full presentation which would have been very time consuming and then we thought that if we did this three people wouldn’t have been enough as the workload was much more. As we went down the list we were left with jus three ideas ‘Guess how many sweets in a jar competition’, ‘Making posters to raise awareness and lastly ’Arranging to have a tuck shop sale. After careful and hard thinking we all came to a decision that we would do a ‘Guess how many sweets in a jar competition’ this was because the activity was simple also we knew how to get the things from the activity already as we only needed to get a jar of sweets and get some leaflets and create some informational posters. Also by doing this activity I would be able to achieve our purpose and aim of activity by raising money for Islamic Relief by getting a small fee of 30p from each person that enters the competition also I will raise awareness about Islamic Relief by having posters and leaflets at my table were I will be holding my competition stall. After we knew what we were going to do we all again had ideas on how to the activity: I had the idea of doing the “Guess How Many Sweets In A Jar” competition because it is a simple and it may become a high outcome activity from which we may be able to raise a reasonable amount of money if we get the desired amount of people to enter. Ahmed Mamman: had the idea of the charity we are going to be funding as he did research in what each charity does and how it helps the people in need and finally he has decided that we will be funding Islamic Relief because this helps people through the world and focuses on many issues and he has thought that this should be the charity the we should support.
Muhammad Hayyat Khan: had the idea of were to locate our competition stall. He decided that we will locate our competition opposite Student Services in the main entrance because this is the place were every person goes past many times a day and we may be able to attract students attention by doing this we may encourage people to take part in the competition and raise more money.
Our activity is a good, simple and may be a good money raising activity. This activity has many advantages and disadvantages.
- Simple and easy to do activity
- Good money raising scheme if reaches full amount of people that are required
- Helps the needy and those people that are suffering in parts of the world
- If not may people take part we may not raise enough money
- Not being allowed to locate competition stall at main entrance
- Being rejected and not allowed to continue with activity
This activity was a fairly simple activity and we all knew how this activity works as from previous experience and we had seen people do similar activities around schools so we picked up ideas from numerous places and combined into one to make our “Raising awareness Guess How Many Sweets In A Jar Competition”. We asked many people (Friends and Family) about their opinion for our coursework activity and we got a positive response from all of them as someone will be able to win a massive jar of sweets for just 30p, which is really worth it. In addition, people would also take part, as all the money raised would go straight to charity, as this was purely a charity event. As for the charity, we have already researched and chosen a charity Islamic Relief. We researched on the internet as it is very convenient and very fast and together we made the decision that we will donate or money to Islamic Relief. Other research we did was what sort of sweet jar we should buy a jar with all the sweets already in it or an empty jar with separate sweets to fill it up with we also researched this on the internet as it has a lot of information online and at very easy access. The research that we did affected our planning because we now know to what type of jar and what type of sweets to buy. The research will help, as we now know what works out cheaper so that more money will go to charity. Also I asked a couple of people of what sort of jar of sweets they would like to win so that I could know what would tempt people to enter the competition.
All three of us will have different jobs to do for the activity. I will be arranging for a box to put the money into and some change that will be useful if an entrant needs some change back. Ahmed will buy a memo book in which we will record all our contestants names, form and estimation of how many sweets they think they are in the jar. Muhammad will be buying the jar of sweets for the competition as the prize to win and also will get some Islamic relief leaflets to give out to raise awareness about them. We will also design some posters about Islamic relief and some posters about our competition-taking place so that people know about it and do not forget. Together we will try to make charity collecting more fun and exciting by doing a competition and will try to get as many people to enter in the competition.
We will also have to get permission of the Head teacher Mr David Ashley of our school Parrswood before we conduct this event so that we are allowed to use a small portion of the main foyer as our competition stall. Also we will have to ask Mr Ashley if we can actually to the competition throughout school hours. In addition, we will ask another senior member of staff if they can help promote our charity competition so that we get a better response.
Our Final Activity Plan
- We will firstly get in contact with Mr Ashley and ask him if it is all right if our competition takes place at the main foyer. So that we are totally sure we can do it in our specific place without any hassle. We will do this by asking him verbally at a lunch or break time were he is not busy.
- We will make posters to advertise our competition so that we get the maximum amount of people to enter. Also we will make posters about Islamic Relief so that people are aware about the charity we are going to donate to and how they help the world.
- We will need to get all the things we need for our competition ready including buying jar of sweets from a desired shop, getting a memo book to record details of each contestant, get some change so that we can give change to the contestants if they need it. Also we will borrow a table from the school so that we can place the jar of sweets there and have leaflets and posters about Islamic Relief beside it
- we will conduct the competition at all breaks throughout the school day also we will individually go around classrooms and ask if anyone would like to take part
- we will then declare the competition over and clear up return the table back to the school
- then we will calculate which contestant was the closest to the total of sweets in the jar and find them and give them the jar of sweets
- Lastly, we will count all the profit made and send it to our selected charity.
The evidence we need to show for our planning is taking photographs of the activity as we are doing it. Also the posters we made to advertise the competition and the information leaflets that we made to make people aware of our chosen charity Islamic Relief will also be given as evidence.
Account of the activity
All three of us me Muhammad and Ahmed carried out the activity on 25th November 2006 in our school (Parrs Wood High school). We did everything according to our plan e.g. firstly we made the poster to advertise the competition and put them up around the school a week in advance. We did this so that more people would see the poster and would become aware of the competition taking place and this may prove an advantage as more people may take part in the competition and we may be able to raise more money. Secondly we made the jar of sweets by buying a variety of sweets for a supermarket and filled the jar up the making it look very attractive and tempting so that people would get tempted to take part in the competition. Next we got a notebook in which we write the competitors name, form and their guess of sweets in the jar, as well as a notebook to record entries we gathered some float to give the competitors change if they needed it. We did not need a lot of equipment for our activity and this was an advantage as we did not have to arrange for many things and it didn’t take us a along time preparing and getting our activity started. On the day of the activity we got our activity started at 10:45am just five minutes before the first break time so that we had enough time to get everything ready and set up and we were all ready to start at 10:50am exactly how we planned it. As the break started many people were going out of the main entrance and we attracted to our stall and stopped to look and many of them took part. But all things didn’t go to plan as we were soon surrounded by people trying to take part in the competition, we overcame this problem by having a couple of volunteers which including some friends to help out by taking the entries of the people and recording them in the notebook. After the first rush of people the stall began to calm down as the first break came to the end. At the lunch break again we got the activity started at 12.05pm and 1.05pm just five minutes before the start of the KS3 and KS4 lunch break but this time was enough for us to get started again as the lunch break began we had a flurry of pupils to take part firstly the younger student so of KS3 and the a reasonable amount of KS4 students we had to extremely hard and fast to cater the needs of everyone who wanted to enter the competition and to keep everyone happy and not waiting too long. At this moment in time I felt really good by doing the activity and dealing with the people as I felt that I was helping our selected charity and felt good within myself as I was raising money to help the poor. After the third session at 2.00pm of the competition we declared the competition closed and took all the collected money and the jar of sweets and put them in a safe place in a locker. The ‘Guess How Many Sweets In the Jar’ competition was a good success as we managed to collect 58 entries. I was really happy that everything went to our original plan and everything ran smoothly.
All three of us had similar roles and responsibilities when we carried out the activity. We all had the role o persuade as many people to take part in the competition. I arranged for a box to put the money into and some change that was useful as many competitors needed some change back. Ahmed bought a memo book in which we recorded all our contestants’ names, form and estimation of how many sweets they thought there were in the jar. Muhammad bought the jar of sweets for the competition as the prize to win and also got some Islamic relief leaflets to give out to raise awareness about them. We also designed some posters about Islamic relief and some posters about our competition-taking place so that people know about it and do not forget. All three of us had different responsibilities throughout the activity so that it would be easier to organize and conduct the activity. If one of us had all the responsibilities then that person wouldn’t be able to handle all the pressure and wouldn’t be able to carry out the activity with a great success. The activity could also have been devastating and this could have affected the relationship between the three of us e.g. one of us could have been overloaded and given all the work and responsibilities whilst the other two just chilled out and didn’t participate in the activity. This obviously would have been injustice to the person with all the workload and this is the main reason that we shared all the responsibilities equally and fairly.
When carrying out the activity we all made sure the we did not affect the rights of anyone because then it would go against the whole idea of us doing this activity, as the whole idea of this activity was to learn to be a better citizen. We made sure that the whole activity didn’t affect the rights of anyone we did this by including giving everyone a fair chance in the competition and were not bias and discriminating anyone or be racist whilst choosing the winner of the competition. Also we made sure that all the sweets in the jar were all edible and it didn’t violate any health and safety laws.
The evidence I have collected of the activity are posters which we placed around the school to advertise the competition and some photographs whilst we were conducting the activity. I will insert these pieces of evidence in my appendix
The four different charity websites that I looked were Muslim Hands, Muslim Aid, Islamic Relief and Humanity relief. This enabled me to research on what each charity raises awareness for and what they do to help the cause. The four different charities were all quite different as they all were raising awareness about different issues e.g. the Shelter charity raised the issue about many homeless people and on the other hand WWF raised awareness issues about the environment and animals, also the NSPCC focused more on raising awareness on child cruelty and Islamic Relief raises issues on the third world countries and the poor and those in need.
The websites I used to gain the information are:
The charity that we chose to be the charity that we fund and help was Islamic Relief. When we told people about our activity and that all profits would go to for charity to help those in need they were very happy to see younger members of the community helping those less fortunate than themselves. The people that we told about our activity included: family, friends and relatives. I also felt very good within myself after choosing a charity and activity as I knew the money that we would raise could help someone somewhere in the world.
All three of us were trying to raise awareness of the issue of people in need and third world countries who have recently suffered natural disasters e.g. Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, Somalia . I know that many families have been separated and many members have died due to natural disasters. The people in third world countries are suffering from many diseases and some can be cured with the help of a little bit of money. It destroys generations of people who don’t receive the help of medics and receive food and clean water. This is currently affecting hundreds of thousands of people in different parts of the world. There are so many unfortunate and deprived people in certain areas were they’re dying of starvation and dehydration. Charities like Islamic Relief help these deprived people and them less fortunate than us to give them a chance to live a better life. Dehydration and starvation were the biggest killers in Africa Somalia and other countries this was due to the hot climate and lack of food and clean water. The tsunami across the South East Asia and other countries was the cause of many disease and deaths the death toll reached over 250,000 people and hundreds of people didn’t know weather there family members were dead or alive. Many countries who were innocent victims of the deadly tsunami have still not recovered from the terrifying devastation. Islamic Relief delivers help and aid were it is needed most around the globe with hundreds of voluntary and rescue workers also there to help. On many TV. Radio, Internet etc broadcasting we all have heard about the devastation occurring around the globe and how thousand s of people were dying due to lack of aid and support. Many people could be cured with a little medical attention or just some a clean supply of food and water, but this can only be done if people donate money and charities like Islamic Relief take this money and use it to help those unfortunate people in other parts of the world.
Islamic relief works on a global level and helps countries in need regardless of race, religion or gender. The charity has 20 main working countries which include:
Islamic Relief also works nationally and locally as in countries it funds for educational and vocational training and supports orphans supplying them with the essentials that they need. Islamic Relief also funds the needs of countries which need development and increase the growth so the country can support itself. Also Islamic relief provides people with jobs and vacancies
The charity which is based around the globe has been very successful throughout the 22 years of its first establishment in 1984. As it has helped many countries recover and help many thousands of individual people. As in 2005 Islamic relief shipped over 120 tonnes of aid for the Asian earthquake that hit Pakistan and India. The charity supports countries in many ways by delivering food and clean water, educational and vocational training, emergency relief etc. Islamic relief is also part of many global charity organisations e.g. BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development)
The charity spent ₤31.3 million in 2005 to help with natural disasters and other charitable needs. As shown below
This piece of secondary data is reliable as it was used in the accounts of Islamic Relief and also because this information was taken just approximately a year before which makes it more accurate.
Most of the money raised was due to public donations maybe this was because there are so many ways for the public to donate these include:
- Online donations
- Standing order / Direct debit donations
- Cheque (post)
- Payroll (deduction from your wage as you earn)
- Bank transfers
- By phoning hotline number/SMS
- By visiting local branch
From my research on the charity I learned that you can donate by phoning and SMS. I think this is a good idea because it is very ideal for people and very convenient.
Islamic Relief is dependent on the donations made by the public and by doing voluntary work would help a great deal. Many volunteers for Islamic relief have been qualified as rescue workers and have been going abroad to other countries to help out with other rescue teams. This helps the charity greatly as if people do voluntary work then the money that would go to paying their wages can be put toward a more useful cause within the charity to help others.
To make people volunteers Islamic Relief has made becoming a volunteer very easy as all you have to do is go to one of the Islamic Relief centres and see what voluntary role you like or you can also do this online and become a member of the Islamic relief team.
I also made questionnaires and carried out short interviews with random people to see if they knew much about my selected charity. After receiving filled out questionnaires, I created a pie chart for each question so it was clearly visible what results I got, a copy of my questionnaire will be available in my appendix. I also did short random interviews with people to see if they knew anything about my selected charity by doing these interviews, I was able to find a small trend that although people knew about Islamic Relief they did not really know how it worked. By doing these small short interviews I was be able to see how well known the charity was and the results that I had got showed that the charity was not well known and didn’t have a good reputation. This could be due to the negative and improper image of Islam and Muslims given to the public by broadcastings on the TV and other news; this could make people portray a negative and unreal image of Muslims and could cause people not to support Islamic charities. In addition, the false allegations put on the Muslim community and charities could have had an affect as they where accused of funding and helping terrorists and therefore people could have backed down from supporting Islamic charities as they thought the money was misused.
In my questionnaire, I had 10 simple questions and then I handed these questionnaires out to 10 random people. The graphs and results that I received from each question and person are shown below:
After receiving all my questionnaires and after constructing my pie charts I can clearly say that Islamic charities were well known throughout our school as we got 70% answering Yes for the question ‘Do you know any Islamic Charities?’. In addition, many people also knew about Islamic Relief from here I found out that Islamic Relief was quite well known. The next question was if they person thought that Islamic Relief was a good charity form I here I also received positive results as 60% of people answered Yes to the question. Not many people knew how Islamic Relief worked as seen from my results only 30% of the people knew how Islamic Relief worked this could be due to less publicity of the charity and less awareness. The question was if the person thought that Islamic Relief was a successful and well supported charity I also received a positive result from this question as 60% of the people thought that Islamic Relief were well supported charity. Not many people had ever donated to Islamic Relief this could be due to the young age or maybe they did not think the charity was worth supporting. I got a better and more positive result from the next question asking weather the person would ever donate to Islamic Relief 60% of the people answered Yes which meant that they would support the charity in the future. Is Islamic Relief the best Muslim Charity was the next charity as expected Yes wasn’t the answer by many people 50% of the people answered No and 40% answered Not sure, this showed that there were other better charities than Islamic Relief and were preferred by others. Many people 60% thought that Islamic Relief could improve on their service and become a better charity and 40% answered Not Sure this clearly showed that there was room for improvement for Islamic Relief but maybe this was due to the improper awareness and publicity of the charity. The results that I got for the last question were fairly negative as 40% of people didn’t want further information about Islamic Relief and only 30% wanted to be more informed. Overall from this questionnaire I found out Islamic Relief was not well known and that improper awareness was made therefore I tried to raise more awareness about this charity so that its real and true objective cold be known by more people and so that it could be supported much more.
From doing, research on the internet I have found out the things Islamic relief raises awareness for, what they to with the donated money, the ways you can donate money to the charity and how you can become a volunteer for Islamic relief. With this information it has motivated me to make the activity a great success because with the money I could be contributing to save many peoples life. It also has made me do the activity with more eagerness and better mentality.
The photos which I have taken show that we did carry out the activity and that I am not deceiving anyone or faking it. The posters act as my evidence to show that we did actually make posters and put them around school. The research I did on the internet is shown by the webpage’s of each charity, which are open to anyone on the internet. I have provided websites in my bibliography to show which specific websites I got the information from and this also proves that I didn’t make up any of the information which I stated in this report.
I know that this activity has been a reasonably good citizenship coursework because I managed to raise ₤20 for charity. The amount was not high as I expected but every penny counts and this donation could help save someone’s life. I made sure that I didn’t affect anyone’s rights during this activity as it would go against the whole objective. I have made positive impact on my community and have set a good example which younger people may happily follow. All these reasons show that my activity has been a good success.
I believe that my activity went very efficiently and am very proud of the fact that I have contributed a little bit of money to a charity and this has also encouraged me to this kind of fund raising activities in the near future. I think it is better to do a fund raising activity rather than just donating money if you have time, because as you do the activity you will also raise awareness about the charity you’re going to donate the money to also by doing a fund raising activity you can set a good example for the younger generations so that get influenced and may follow in your footsteps to do a fund raising activity in their life as well.
The aims I had for this activity were achieved by the end and I was very pleased with this final outcome as I managed to complete my activity without any major problems. I managed to raise a reasonable amount for my desired charity ₤ 20 taking into the consideration the scale of the activity and also by doing my activity I raised awareness of the my chosen charity Islamic Relief. Overall I think that the activity set an example for other people to carry out these kinds of charity and awareness events more often to help the less fortunate then themselves. As I carried this activity in my own school a high school it may inspire people younger than me to do a fund raising awareness event for a charity that they would like to support. As with the money that we raised we will be able to contribute to help the poorest of people in the world by supporting Islamic Relief and give them a better chance of living as this was the main objective of my activity. Unexpectedly, whilst I was carrying out the activity I was given a very positive response and a lot of encouragement from the adults and teachers around the as school as they were happy to see me and my friends doing a charity and awareness raising event as this was a very good thing and it showed that we did care about other people less fortunate than ourselves and also that the younger generations still care for others. Even though I didn’t plan this outcome for my activity I am still very glad as I made others around happier and this added to one of many outcomes for my activity.
I know that I achieved these aims because I found out from the response of pope and that the money that I have raised. People praised me on my activity and gave positive comments this also showed me that I had made a positive impact. I also asked people whilst I was conducting my activity what they thought of it and any ideas of how I could improve it, form doing this I received some very pleasing comments and some suitable advice. In addition whilst carrying out my activity I could have given the competitors a questionnaire, by doing this I would be able to produce some statistics and good figures, for example how many people thought that the activity was a good event? The questionnaire would also back up my statements and also would act as evidence to prove I did the activity.
After doing this activity I realised the importance of planning and it was evident that the planning that I did before conducting my activity contributed largely to the success of the activity. I have learned future experience that by planning you become more structured and more prepared for what you are going to do, by doing the plan for my activity I was able to bring together the things that I needed for my activity and helped to organise between the three of us what we needed to buy, if I didn’t do a plan the activity would have been a disaster I can say this surely because we wouldn’t have bought the sweets or the jar and our full activity would just collapse. As I had planned the activity with immense detail I was organised and fluent with what I was doing and how I was going about to do it e.g. what I needed to carry out my activity and to make it successful etc. I clearly followed my plan throughout my activity as I knew if I would do this nothing would go wrong. This acted as another advantage for me as the plan informed me step by step what to do and what I was going got do next.
Linked to the planning was the research that I conducted, after talking to friends and other people and after looking on the internet I have made my activity more successful as I researched on what charity to donate to and other relevant things I needed to research on. By doing research it helped me to expand on the success of the activity and without it my success would be very limited. In the future if I do a activity like this again I will research my charity again and then would research on a good activity this will help me then to decide on a suitable activity and a suitable charity to donate to and raise awareness about.
I think that I planned the activity very well and in great detail, which paid off in the end as my activity went smooth. Although my activity went very smooth there were a few problems in, my plan. For instance when we were collecting and buying the items that we were going to put in the jar we communicated very less between us all and for this reason hesitated whilst buying the sweets as we didn’t know if the other person had already got it. We should have communicated more and this would have made everything more clear, as a result of the bad communication we didn’t buy some things to put in the jar which could have attracted more people to enter the competition. But luckily we had enough variety to get people interested into taking part. Another thing that went wrong and didn’t help us was that on the day of the activity we had to wait for the place were we were going to locate our competition in the main foyer as it was being used by some younger students for some work. This drawback made us loose a little bit of time as we couldn’t set up our competition at our desired time, but we did not suffer largely from this drawback as we didn’t take much to set-up due to the small amount of things we needed to set-up.
There were some things that didn’t go to so well but there others that went perfectly. There were some flurries of people as to the start of the breaks just as I pictured it and we received a fantastic response from many students. Whilst doing our activity some people didn’t take part in the competition but still donated as they knew the money was going for a good cause. Also some people didn’t take their change whist entering the competition and put it towards charity. Whilst doing the activity I felt very humble and this made me more determined to this kind of the activity again. The good response I received could be because it was a while since someone did a competition like this in school. I think the fact that all three of us work together and compiled this activity was the best part and made this experience more enjoyable and memorable.
The few problems that did arise were all dealt with very easily using valid logic and common sense. The activity was all well planned and this is also proven as nothing major went wrong. As we had raised a reasonable amount of money and raised awareness for Islamic Relief with a reasonable amount of success I say that our activity has been a very good citizenship activity.
With the money I have raised through our activity and by donating it all to Islamic Relief I will be helping the poorest pole around the world to have a better life. I wish that my money will help save hundreds who are underprivileged and have horrific living conditions with no food. This money could help children get some clothes and could help others getting a clean supply of water. I hope that it will help people globally in the third world countries especially. Donations by more people will others around the globe live a better life and will have a long and short term affect. Fundraising activities are more effective than just donating money as you can raise more money and also can raise awareness for a charity.
My activity fits well with the plans of the government in the UK. As the government is sending aid across to other countries trying to resolve the matter of underprivileged people and giving them a better life with clean food and water. The government has also made us the public very aware of this crisis in the third world countries and would like everyone trying to help and resolve the issue.
In the future I would love to another activity just like this but I feel that I would change the charity and raise awareness for a different cause even though that the crisis in the third world countries is a big issue there are some issues that are equally as important e.g. Cancer Research and HIV Aids which are the main killers around the world and kill millions each year. I would also try to conduct a many different activities and would like to support another charity and raise awareness about a different cause each time by doing this I would help many charities and many causes that are affecting our world at this moment in time.
If I was going to do another activity in the future I may consider changing the activity e.g. I might not necessarily do a competition. I might consider running a tuck shop in a school or doing a car-wash as this would be very effective and I may be able to raise a large some of money to support my charity. I would also consider doing a charity football match but this would require a lot of effort and organisation to carry it out, also a second hand store were I would take unwanted items from people and sell them from doing this I would receive 100% profit as I would have no expenses. Others include sponsored activities e.g. sponsored walk, run etc and I might also consider a car-boot sale or a table top sale in both which large amounts of money are involved. Basically I would do any good activity to raise a decent amount of money but the activity must be easy to organise and between a few people.
I have learnt a lot from doing this competition for charity and being my first fund raising event I think I have done reasonably well and have gained a lot of experience from it. I can use the same experience to help me carry out another activity. If I did another activity in the future I would be able to learn from my mistakes and make my second fund raiser even more better as I would leave a lot of time to plan the activity and not rush it as the plan is what holds the activity together and therefore make everything perfect. Next I would also communicate more whilst preparing for the activity with others as then everyone would be clear on the roles in the activity and how the workload would be spread. I would also do more research on how to carry out the activity, what charity and cause to donate to and what other people think etc. I would aim to raise more money than my first activity as I would have more experience and would know more about fundraising. I would make the activity on a much bigger scale by doing this I would be able to get more people to take part in the activity and also I will make more people aware about the charity and about the cause that I supporting, this would hopefully make a large amount of money for my chosen charity. Another thing that I would do to make my activity more successful and better is that I would advertise a longer period in advance and on a larger scale that I can get my message to more people and raise more money. In addition if I was a sponsored activity I would ask every possible person that I know and other people to sponsor me and would only stop after I think a good sum of money has been raised. The only reason that I am suggesting so many improvements is so that I can support my charity to its fullest and raise a lot of money to help resolve the cause which is causing misery too the world an people.
Further in life I would like enjoy doing fundraising in a more entertaining and inventive ways so that I will be interested in doing the event and so that it will make fundraising more worthwhile than it is.
I think that I contributed equally with the rest of my group but not as much as I hoped to. I did most of the decision making but always took advise from my other two colleagues e.g. how we split up the responsibilities between us, how we would come about doing the activity and other things. I think that out of my group I was the natural leader as many of my ideas were put forward and also considered whereas Ahmed and Muhammad always listened to me and gave me suggestion on how to improve my ideas but always agreed. I wanted equality in the decision and was a little disappointed as my friends didn’t contribute as much with the ideas. Although I think to overcome this problem I could have stayed quite and not put my ideas forward and could have encouraged both of my friends to come out with more ideas with more confidence. All three of us split the responsibilities up for organising the activity as Muhammad arranged for the sweets I was handling with all the money and Ahmed had the responsibility of advertising the event, all of us dealt with all the competitors. But overall we all contributed equally and loyally in our activity. In the future if I did a activity like this again I would certainly make sure that I would discuss and compromise on each decision as if we discussed more we could have made our activity better and could have come up with more ideas and suggestions. A major weakness that we faced was that we easily dismissed ideas whilst we were thinking of other things this could have been a big turning point for our activity as one of us could have a good idea but not fully heard by the other two.
Throughout the activity my parents and friends helped as well have Muhammad’s and Ahmed’s parents and I have appreciated this a lot as we were given more ideas to think about. Also our parents helped us out by giving us useful advice and recommendations. Even though our parents were more experienced and older we always made the decisions ourselves as this was our activity for charity.
Islamic Relief, the charity which I supported and donated my money to can make plenty of improvements to how they raise money. As they need to advertise much more in several types of media only then will they have a big audience. Also Islamic relief could make the general public more aware about the issues they are raising money for. This way they are bound to make more donations and more people wanting to do fundraising activities to support them. I know this charity very well but there are some people who don’t have a cue who they are and what they do. To raise more awareness of the charity Islamic relief should have items such as: badges, key rings, pens, bookmarks and other things like this in high streets shops as then people will become more aware of the charity and may think of supporting them. By doing this Islamic Relief will also increase there donations as each badge they sell the will get a new person donating and money from selling the badge.
Voluntary work isn’t very exciting and can be made more thrilling an more popular. The idea of voluntary work is that you are very passionate and willing to work even though you don’t get paid for the sake of others. People who do voluntary work tend to be very caring and loving people and always affectionate towards those who are less fortunate. The only problem is that these people are very rare and voluntary work is not appealing to a lot of people. Charities need to advertise on a large basis and need to get what ever they need to get more people involved in the charity even if they have to include a celebrity a charity that has already done this is RSPCC who have made Amir Khan future boxing sensation the ambassador of the charity and a role model for children so that they don’t get bullied and abused. Other charities could widely benefit from this and could also increase the number of voluntary people as many individuals follow celebrities and take them as there role models and would like to follow their example.
Research on Shelter Charity
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Shelter works to improve the lives of those in need of housing.
Shelter's approach is long term and a regular gift means we can plan longer-term work, secure in the knowledge that the funds will be there to deliver services.
Shelter has direct contact with more than 170,000 individuals and families with housing problems every year. Trained advisers at our housing aid centres, helpline, email advice service and housing support projects give free, confidential, expert advice.
You have housing rights that are protected by law. Shelter cannot house you, but our specialist advisers can help you get what you are entitled to.
Our advice and support web pages provide comprehensive information and advice to help you find a solution to your housing problems. Know your rights provides advice tailored to young people. You can also get expert advice on your situation by email.
Housing advice helpline
If the information on our website does not answer your question, call our free housing advice helpline on 0808 800 4444. We have helped hundreds of thousands of people, from finding them a place to sleep to suggesting how to handle mortgage arrears. The helpline is open seven days a week from 8am to midnight.
Housing Aid Centres
Shelter has a nationwide network of more than 50 Housing Aid Centres offering expert information, advice and advocacy. Our advisers let people know their rights, explain their options to them, and help them to take action. Advisers also help by negotiating with councils, landlords and lenders. Find your local HACs and projects.
Housing support services
Our projects help people find homes that are decent, affordable, secure, and suitable for their needs. We also help people keep their homes, preventing homelessness occurring in the future.
We provide housing support for all types of people, right across the UK.
- Projects such as Homeless to Home offer help for families making the transition from homelessness to a settled home.
- The Shelter Inclusion Project, in Rochdale, works with families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of reported antisocial behaviour.
- We work with offenders, ex-offenders, and their families to offer housing advice, improve their chances of finding a home, and help them to keep their homes.
- We work with young people, older people, black and minority ethnic people and people in rural communities to address their specific housing problems and needs.
We lobby government and local authorities for new laws and policies. We make our views known on draft bills and laws, as well as briefing ministers on the facts about homelessness and bad housing. We also work to improve good practice at a local level, by demanding that local authorities and government agencies help people in housing need.
Find out what we're campaigning for.
Our policy library holds all our parliamentary briefings.
High-profile Shelter campaigns bring aspects of bad housing and homelessness to the attention of the public. Changing and informing public opinion is a vital part of our work. If you don't care, we can't continue our work. And if you don't see bad housing as a fundamental problem for this country, nor will the politicians.
We need you to get involved. Find out about our work and become a Shelter campaigner for change.
What are the key issues in relation to bad housing and homelessness right now?
Over the last few years, the regional layer of government has gained more power and significance in the area of housing.
We target regional bodies, such as Regional Assemblies and Regional Housing Boards, to get them to tackle homelessness and bad housing in each region. We share our learning from Shelter's research, good practice unit and services to influence how public money is spent and how key services are delivered in the regions. We also go to freshers' fairs, summer festivals and other events to promote awareness of the housing crisis and engage people from all walks of life.
Research on the NSPCC
About the NSPCC
The London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was founded in 1884 and changed its name to The National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in 1889.
Its aim then was to protect children from cruelty, support vulnerable families, campaign for changes to the law and raise awareness about abuse.
Today, the NSPCC looks very different, but its purpose remains the same: to end cruelty to children.
The NSPCC's work
We have 177 community-based projects and run the Child Protection Helpline and ChildLine in the UK and the Channel Islands.
Most of our work is with children, young people and their families.
We also work to achieve cultural, social and political change - influencing legislation, policy, practice, public attitudes and behaviors and delivering services for the benefit of young people.
We want to see a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfill their potential. To do this, we have four objectives:
To mobilize everyone to take action to end child cruelty. To give children the help, support and environment they need to stay safe from cruelty.
To find ways of working with communities to keep children safe from cruelty.
To be, and be seen as, someone to turn to for children and young people
How the NSPCC is organised
The NSPCC employs 2,500 people throughout the UK and the Channel Islands. Our 177 child protection teams and projects work within five Divisions: three in England, one in Wales and one covering Northern Ireland. The help and support they provide to children and families varies according to the needs of the local community.Find out more about the NSPCC's services work.
The child protection teams work is funded by funds raised by a national network of 200 Community Appeals branches and by our central fundraising departments. We also have 17,000 Community Appeals volunteers, who are vital to the success of our fundraising effort.
FULL STOP Campaign has evolved since 1999, but our long-term strategy set out four objectives to make all this possible:
1 To raise awareness of cruelty to children, and change attitudes and
2 To safeguard children, and develop professional practice.
3 To develop services for children and their families.
4 To change law and social policy.
To make all this possible, we launched the FULL STOP Appeal. It aimed to raise £250 million, over and above our normal fundraising, to support our mission.
Research on WWF Charity
WWF conserves endangered species, protects threatened habitats and addresses global threats. We find long-term solutions that benefit both people and nature
- the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organization;
- a truly global network, working in more than 90 countries;
- a challenging, constructive, science-based organization that addresses issues from the survival of species and habitats to climate change, sustainable business and environmental education;
- a charity dependent upon its five million supporters worldwide - some 90 per cent of our income derives from voluntary sources such as people and the business community.
- an organization that makes a difference –
Launched on 23 November 1961, WWF-UK was the first National Organization in the WWF network
WWF-UK works on both global and local environmental issues.
Much of our work is in areas where the most critically endangered wildlife and the least protected habitats are found. However, the origins of many environmental problems lie in developed countries, including the UK, and in our attitudes and behavior - for example, our consumption of natural resources. That is why WWF-UK not only directs some 70 per cent of its conservation expenditure towards its global programmes but also seeks to influence global environmental issues through responsible actions in the UK. Governments, business and industry, society in general... they all bring about change, and WWF's worldwide reputation gives us access to them all.
Government and policy WWF raises crucial environmental issues with decision-makers of all political persuasions. We seek to influence them so that our key messages for the environment are incorporated into policy initiatives.
Business and industry WWF's philosophy is to engage positively and constructively with business, so that we can develop partnerships, raise funds for the environment, stimulate green innovation in business, and challenge bad business practices.
Education WWF-UK plays a vital role in influencing the education syllabus and ensuring that the environment and sustainable development are represented, as well as providing resources and materials for teachers.
Research On Islamic Relief
Islamic Relief’s Mission
Islamic Relief is dedicated to alleviating the poverty and suffering of the world’s poorest people.
What is Islamic Relief?
Islamic Relief (IR) is an international relief and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poorest people. It is an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984 by Dr Hany El Banna.
What Islamic Relief does
As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.
Emergency and relief
War, floods, earthquakes, drought and famine claim millions of lives worldwide every year. Those who survive are often uprooted and forced to seek temporary shelter without access to clean water, adequate sanitation, or food. Some remain in refugee camps indefinitely, enduring squalid conditions and severe health risks.
Water and Sanitation
Water is the basic liquid of life. However, over one billion people worldwide have no access to safe drinking water, and almost half the world's population lack adequate sanitation. This affects their health, their environment, their basic dignity and their children's future. For some countries the problem is scarcity of water, while in others water may be plentiful but of poor quality.
Health and Nutrition
Every day 30,000 children in the developing world die from preventable diseases. Basic medical care is beyond the reach of many of the world's poor, or simply unavailable. Without vaccination 3 million people a year die from illnesses such as tuberculosis, tetanus, measles, polio and diphtheria. Living in unhygienic conditions with little food and no clean water, millions of people are prone to malnutrition and ill health. Poverty creates a vicious cycle where the weak and malnourished easily fall ill, while those already suffering from disease become especially vulnerable to severe malnutrition
Appendix- Evidences of my part in the activity
One of our many posters on a door in school to advertise
Money In our box for charity before counting up.
I was handling all the money and therefore had the responsibility to count up the money
Money sorted into little stacks whilst I was counting up the money
The Pictures above don’t show me as I had the camera and took the pictures as I counted up the money at home so that I didn’t make any mistake.
- Do you know of any Islamic charities?
- Do you know about Islamic Relief?
- Do you think that Islamic Relief is a good charitable organisation?
- Are you aware of how Islamic Relief works?
- Do you think that Islamic Relief is a successful and well-supported charity?
- Have you ever donated to Islamic Relief?
- Would you ever donate to Islamic Relief in the future?
- Is Islamic Relief the best Muslim charity?
Yes No Not Sure
- Can Islamic Relief improve its service?
Yes No Not Sure
- Would you like to know more and be more informed about Islamic Relief?
Yes No Not Sure
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