Now somewhere near you stands Ramadan Tent Project (RTP), it’s gate wide open to its guests, who come from all walks of life, all hoping to break their fast with friends. We must have served thousands of you, from students whom library becomes their seconds homes to the professionals who need a break from their desks. Now we aren’t fussed, if you consider yourself a hipster or a cool soul from down the road, we will always be here in our teal shirt hosting Open Iftar with warm hearts.
We know this space, with its spiritual and community element meets every soul that enters the tent. We bring Ramadan to the homesick right in the heart of London. The atmosphere connects people, creates friendships, enables volunteers to gain new skills and most importantly allows different communities to break bread by sharing a meal. It is because of generosity of people like yourself that we have been running this Open Iftar every year since 2013.
Ramadan is the month where we all strive to be an agent for serving others. We are reminded via those near and far, to give and donate in wealth and time. Surely, ‘No one has ever become poor from giving’ and this is why we are reaching out to you. For this project to blossom in its aim to celebrate diversify, interfaith dialogue, feed the fasting and sharing meals, we need your support.
Support us to continue serving 20,000 plus meals to the fasting as The Prophet [pbuh] said, ‘Whoever feeds a fasting person, will get a reward like him.’ [Ahmad]
When thinking giving local, please think Ramadan Tent Project. Be our ambassadors of giving on this blessed month and help us not only by sponsoring our work but by taking action to promote the positive message of our project to your circle of networks. This Ramadan, we need to raise a humble £20K so RT can cover its operational cost and focus on delivering a successful Open Iftar in London.
We have launched a crowfunding page because we believe we have a committed crowd around us who truly believe in our vision and mission. You can find our crowdfunding page here.
Here is how you can help us to keep RT going this Ramadan:
- Tribe of ambassadors in good deed
List 10 of your friends or family members and share with them your experience at our RT. We are looking for ambassadors of good deeds up and down the country to champion our cause and raise funds, so don’t look further than to your family, friends, and colleagues. Your contacts will join you in your mission to help us spread the word and share our story. So get your phone book out time to build upon your existing relationship, and what an opportunity than Ramadan to nourish your connection. As Tariq Ramadan says “Do not forget to tell those whom you love that you love them.” When you are inviting your loved one to be part of this great opportunity of giving you want the best for them.
Encourage them to pledge action and categorise them into these three types; but remember to be genuinely helpful to those you identify in your networks. As they say, reciprocity is key, as people are more likely to help someone who has previously helped them.
- Marketing guru | Those friends with big reach across all social media, don’t shy away from asking them to donate a tweet or Facebook status. Those who guide to goodness are rewarded as the best of charity are that in Ramadan. Your networks will amplify our campaign reach. Draft the tweet or Facebook post for them and get an image from our main page, then simply they need to schedule it. Easy right! Don’t forget to use #tag where possible such #charitytuesday to give you bigger reach.
- Fundraisers | There are some people in our circle who are blessed with great techniques to gather people together on a common ground. Once you identify them, give them a fundraising target like £100 and leave the rest to them. They know what needs to be done. They motivate, empower and inspire others to give. They are the kind that that know how to get the baraka rolling.
- Donors | Everyone you meet is a potential donor; your neighbour, your colleague even your inactive Facebook ‘friends’ would be interested to donate; as we all want to fund worthy projects. Actively engage with your network whom are your potential donor, as people are more likely to invest and back those that they know, like and trust. So personalise your experience at RT, create an appealing story and pitch for donations. Donating £1 can go a long way and then ask them to nominate three of their friends to match the donation.
- Thank people
Thanking others is part of gratitude to God. So saying thank you is really important and there are so many ways you can thanks those who have been part of your fundraising journey. You can update our crowdfunding progress on your social media platform, send emails out to your networks, tweet a thank you and update your Facebook status. Let people know what their support has meant to you and what a difference it will make to Ramadan Tent.
- Make dua (prayer)
When you have done all the hard work it entails to ensure our crowdfunding is succsessful, then raise your hand and make dua that Allah puts blessing in your work. Adhere to the etiquette and the golden time to make dua and what better month than Ramadan to remember yourself and others in your sincere prayers.
“And say, “Do [as you will], for Allah will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the believers. And you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you of what you used to do.” [Quran: Chapter 9, verse 105]