Fundraising target smashed as teens help those most in need
Whilst many people have been out buying gifts over the festive season, a team of nine fundraisers from a Bradford college have been at the other side of the counter, selling gifts in an attempt to raise money for charity.
The students, from Grange Technology College, have raised £1,000 throughout the past month, as they brought Free the Children’s ‘Rafiki Chain Campaign’, to the youth of the city.
Under the guidance of passionate fundraiser, Mohammed Usman – who was recently awarded a Diana Award for his work on the campaign – the group sold hundreds of wristbands and surpassed their own targets.
Mohammed spoke of the incredible year he has had helping the campaign and praised all the team’s efforts in their latest Rafiki initiative.
“Once again we have been able to raise over £1,000 within a short period,” he said. “We have managed to break the school fundraising record for the year and have brought in more than £2,000 by supporting Free the Children's ‘Rafiki Chain Campaign’.
“It has been an incredible year for me personally but I would like to say a huge thank you to my whole team who have been amazing.”
The chains are made by Maasai in Kenya, and profits from their sales help fund Free the Children’s work, providing clean water, food, healthcare and education in the country.
Fahim Zaman, who was a team member in the project, said he was delighted to have helped raise so much money and had also learned a number of life skills.
He said his desire to get involved with the project began after seeing Mohammed speak at ‘We Day’ at Wembley Stadium in front of more than 12,000 people and he has never looked back since.
“Seeing a fellow Grange student stand up and speak on stage to over 12,000 people made me rethink the possibilities open to me,” he said.
“I felt this is the time to make a difference, and only us as young people have the power to make change.
“After We Day, I spoke to Usman and asked him if we could sell the ‘Rafiki chains’ for our campaign.
“From there we began planning and contacting free the children more often to kickstart our campaigns.”
He added: “Over the year we held two of these ‘Rafiki’ campaigns and thanks to the generosity of our fellow students, teachers and friends at Grange Technology College, we have raised over £2,000 to help those less fortunate than us.”