On June 7, a Mosaic fundraising dinner, in partnership with Islamic Relief, was held in Manchester to officially launch the Islamic Relief InsideOut Appeal that supports Mosaic’s prison mentoring programme. Over 250 guests attended the event in the presence of Guest of Honour, HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, Chairman of Mosaic UK.
The InsideOut Appeal is supported by Islamic Relief as their first ever UK-focused fundraising project and provides focused support and mentoring opportunities to Muslim prisoners around the vulnerable period of transition from custody back into community. The programme runs in London, the Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire Humber and supports 16 to 30 year-old offenders at the end of their custodial sentence, providing them with a trained mentor to support them through the difficult transition back into society and, particularly, the workplace.
The evening started with inspirational speeches by Jonathan Freeman, National Director Mosaic UK and HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, Chairman of Mosaic UK that further explained the unique partnership between Mosaic and Islamic Relief. Jonathan Freeman said: “I am delighted to see Mosaic’s Prison Mentoring Programme supported by Islamic Relief as their first ever UK-focused fundraising project. This is exactly the sort of joined up, partnership working that can deliver real change to vulnerable communities.”
The speeches were followed by a three course dinner and a very special performance by a group of young people that sang live in front of the audience and quoted their heroes. After that, the audience listened to the moving account of Roble Ahmed and Mary Daniels, mentee and mentor in the prisons programme, that showcased how the programme works and how beneficial and needed the programme really is in today’s society.
With generous donations from Asheeq Art, Simply Chocolicious, Mr. Raja Issac and Asian Sound Radio, the evening ended with a successful auction organised by Islamic Relief that raised an impressive amount of money for the appeal.
Jehangir Malik, Islamic Relief’s UK Director, said: “In these difficult financial times, joint efforts like the InsideOut Appeal are needed more than ever and organisations like Mosaic and Islamic Relief have to work more closely in partnership to maximise resources in order to deliver high quality work that makes a real difference.”
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