‘Night for a Million’ raises Millions!
Islamic Relief Press Office
29 January 2005
Islamic Relief’s fundraising dinner for the Asian Tsunami disaster, entitled 'Night for a Million', aimed to raise £1 million in one night. However, the event exceeded all expectations when it raised a total of over £3.75 million.
More than 400 people came together on Wednesday 26th January, 2005 at the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel in London, and rose to the challenge of raising one million pounds in one night. Donations poured in from all sections of society including local communities, businesses and individuals.
The dinner was attended by dignitaries including H.E. the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, the Deputy Chief of Mission for Indonesia, Baroness Uddin and the Egyptian celebrity, Amr Khaled.
Held exactly one month after the devastating Tsunami, ‘Night for a Million’ highlights the continuing efforts of the British Muslim community to help the victims of the disaster as part of the wider British response.
Islamic Relief’s event was an ambitious undertaking, especially as it followed other high-profile UK charity events which have raised massive sums and attracted the support of pop stars and the Prime Minister.
Speaking after the event, Waseem Yaqub, UK Manager for Islamic Relief said, “I am overwhelmed by the response and I hope that this generosity from the community will continue long after the media eye is turned elsewhere. Whilst recognising the generosity of the entire British public, I am proud that the Muslim community is playing an important part in the relief effort.”