“I ran away and tried to lock myself in my room. I closed the door and tried to strangle myself with the scarf. I thought if I’m not around, all my problems would go away.”
An incredible £75,000 was raised on the night, boosting the Appeal total to more than half a million pounds.
BARNARDOS 150th ANNIVERSARY EVENT @ ST PAULS CATHEDRAL
In late 2016, CUBE Network represented faith in the city at Barnardos 150th Anniversary held at the prestigious St Pauls Cathedral
With the CEO Omar Saeed and Spiritual lead Umer Suleman in attendance and an audience of over 300 distinguished guests, Umer took to the stage to highlight the importance in caring for neglected children as exampled in the holy Quran. Below is an extract from this text:
The welfare of orphans is a recurring theme in the Qur’an, creating a sense of responsibility towards orphans or children who have no home specifically and the young generally. This affinity between the orphan and the Prophet (pbuh) is expressed with great clarity in the hadith.
“I, and the one who looks after an orphan, will be together like this in the next world”, then he raised his index and middle fingers together.”
The lesson for Muslims is that in offering protection to an orphan is to choose the companionship of the Prophet himself, reminding us all of our common responsibility towards vulnerable children.
MIND, BODY & SEW raised over £500k
CUBE Network in partnership with the British Asian Trust for Ramadan 2016
2016 saw the CUBE Network partnering with the British Asian Trust once again, to bring you the MIND, BODY & SEW campaign to help raise crucial awareness for impoverished women and those suffering from Mental health issues across Pakistan.
Following the huge success of the British Asian Trusts Iftar Dinner at the Savoy last month, attended by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the British Asian Trust and campaign partner, CUBE Network hosted a spectacular Eid Gala Dinner in support of Mind, Body & Sew. An incredible £75,000 was raised on the night, and including the CUBE Networks online campaign, boosted the Appeal total to more than half a million pounds.
Lead by much loved comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli, the evening was packed with powerful performances, entertainment and was attended by over 300 distinguished guests from the worlds of business and politics, including Rushanara Ali MP and Shabana Mahmood MP.
BBC News Presenter and British Asian Trust ambassador Asad Ahmad highlighted some of the stories of the remarkable women he met on a recent visit to Pakistan, where he learned more about the positive impact of our work on their lives.
However, the evening was also an opportunity to celebrate the enormous contributions to public life and charitable giving made by the British Muslim community. In this spirit, the hit comedians Bilal Zaffar and Paul Chowdhry delighted guests with their brilliant stand-up acts.
Overall an astounding total of £506k was raised across the campaign, Iftar events and the Eid Gala dinner. Thank you for all your support on this amazing campaign and look forward to your further engagement on our Networks journey.