My First Fundraiser as an Event Planner

This past weekend I delivered my fundraising event as an Event Planner at an NGO. Just typing that sentence sends goosebumps down my spine. Not only was this a dream a few years ago, it is everything I prayed for…Fundraising, Event Planner and working for an NGO.

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Our Hike Leader, Fatima Sait briefs the group

The event was a ladies hike lead by the renowned Fatima Sait (follow her amazing blog Fats on a Mountain) The group consisted of 26 ladies and we started bright and early on Sunday morning. The initiative for the fundraiser was the water crisis in Cape Town. All funds raised will be going towards installing a well point at a location yet to be established. Once we’ve completed this well point, I intend to do further fundraising to install a filtration system at the same location. Filtration systems can cost anything between R30 000 and R100 000. This is not going to be an easy task, but, I believe with the right frame of mind, correct events and amazing people, nothing is impossible.

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We hiked up to the 5 dams that are situated on the Table Mountain National Park. For many of the women, this was a first time experience. I was a bit stressed that the route might be too hard for some, but I have so far only received messages of thanks and gratitude for the beautiful morning. We had two ladies who turned around early into the hike as they felt they were not fit enough to continue. This was a very brave decision, as sometimes we tend to believe that we will conquer the mountains, when in fact, the mountains are so much more mightier than we are.

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The hike was completed in our allocated six hours and was nothing short of amazing. I have met some phenomenal women during the planning and executing of this event that I would not have met on any other occasion.

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The Story Behind My Decision to do the Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

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It was a random day in August 2014 after a short trip to Cape Town,  when I sat at my desk and decided that I needed to do something out of the ordinary. It must have been my short love affair with Table Mountain that inspired me to do some research on Kilimanjaro, The Roof of Africa.

It was then that I wrote down my plan to trek Kilimanjaro in 2017.

At this point, I must have hiked about twice only in my life and really didn’t make any further effort. Let’s just say, the idea died almost as soon as it was born.

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On January 25, I was interviewed for a position at an NGO. One of the two things I wanted to do when we moved to Cape Town, be a housewife or work for an NGO. After having a year off, this was exactly what I wanted. It was then that I realized that I am right where I needed to be!

One of the first things that I came across at the organisation, was their annual Kilimanjaro Challenge Fundraiser….I know what you’re thinking, divine intervention? Well, that’s exactly what I thought. So, I decided to settle into my new role first before I started raising questions.

During a volunteer briefing meeting, it was then that I was sold on the idea and decided to inquire into the subject matter. I was given the go ahead to register from my manager….and family.

Climbing with a purpose

What really attracted me to this challenge is its cause. Children. Orphans. I see the value of children even though I may not be a mother. My passion lies with children who are primary victims of poverty, which is the main cause of violation of their fundamental rights. With this challenge, we are raising funds for the children and orphans of Sub-Saharan Africa. For children in developing countries, lack of basic necessities, facilities, education, and loss of one or both parents is unfortunately a sad reality for many.
Due to this, the sustenance of nutritious meals, and the chance of a secure future can all become an impossible dream. That is why I believe that the care of orphans and less fortunate children is our responsibility.Image result for kilimanjaro

I will never be able to touch the lives of every child who lacks basic care, but I can, together with the support and assistance of friends and family try to make difference even if it’s in the smallest way, one child at a time.

The Challenge

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We are set to depart on August 2 and return August 11. Before embarking on the trek, we will spend time in  Chekereni, which is a small village not far from Moshi in the Kilimanjaro Region. Here the number of HIV/AIDS orphans are on the rise. In many cases, the orphans are left behind in the hands of a guardian, fellow child, or with one parent who may be infected. I guess that being in the company of the children, will give us renewed energy as to why we’re actually doing what we’re set out to do, trek the highest free standing mountain in the world.

How you can contribute to making my climb a success

Bank transfer/deposit
Muslim Hands
Standard Bank
Account number: 071 621 881
Branch code: 031110
Reference: 5122362 – Your Name

https://candystick.co.za/c/kilimanjaro-trek-education-children-from-sub-saharan-africa

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sadiyya-Absalom

For more information on how to get involved, please email sadiyya21@gmail.com

Did you know that for just R300, you could feed a child for an entire month!

Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d(Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet(Peace be upon him) said, “I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise like this,” putting his index and middle fingers together. (Saheeh Al Bukhari)