A call out to the joggers, the gallopers, the sprinters; the ones who bolt past competitively, and to those who trot peacefully; this one is for you!
Whether your joining us for fitness, for charity or fun, sign up now for the Muslim Charity Run, the popular annual 5km community fun run. Join the HHUGS team on Sunday 24th October in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, for stunning views of the Regents Canal.
Come along to walk or run, and bring your families, friends and colleagues to cheer you on. There will be plenty of entertainment on offer throughout the day to keep your supporters amused.
The Muslim Charity Run is a great opportunity to get active, keep fit and enjoy the day in the great surroundings – all for HHUGS families.
This is set to be one the biggest Muslim charity runs, building on the eight years of success. Hundreds of runners are expected from all age groups, from children to senior citizens. The run will take place in Tower Hamlets’ Victoria Park, recognised for its heritage, sports facilities, walkways and lake, on Sunday 24th October 2021.
By choosing to run for HHUGS, you are helping vulnerable families right here in the UK. With each step you take, you will be uplifting single mothers, fatherless children and elderly who have nowhere else to turn to.
We know preparing to reach the finish line is a huge accomplishment, so we’ve tried to simplify everything else for you.
If you’d like to run for HHUGS, then all you need to do is register, and start fundraising. Each participant must raise a minimum of £250 to take part. A number of fundraising initiatives and support tools will be available for all participants to make the minimum target easily achievable!
Dig out your comfiest pair of trainers; it’s time to aim for the finish line!
When and where is this event taking place?
The event is taking place at Victoria Park, East London, E9 5HT on Sunday 24th of October 2021. It will begin at 9:30AM and end at 3:00PM.
Who can participate?
This is a family event so children can take part. However, all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This is male only event, but all are welcome on the day as there will be stalls and children rides.
How long is the run?
It is 5km.
How fit do I need to be?
All are welcome, you may run, walk or sprint as you see fit. Complete the 5km at your own pace, surrounded by friends and family.
What shall I wear and bring?
You will need to wear a good pair of trainers, and comfortable clothing. Ensure you are hydrated throughout your run, and bring along lotion or cream to avoid sunburn.
Will there be other activities on the day?
They will have rides available for children, as well as food and information stalls available.
How much is the registration fee?
There is a registration fee of £10 which needs to be paid by 22nd October.
How much do I need to fundraise?
You will have to raise a minimum amount of £250 in order to participate.
I have never fundraised before, how do I start?
There are many ways to fundraise and when you sign up, we will give you great ideas and we are always at hand to give you further support.
Easy. Your fundraising page will be set up automatically when you register and will be added to our very own leaderboard system, the first gaming leaderboard to be created by any charity! To make it that much easier, we can even do that for you!
Once you’ve set your target, share the page with your friends, family and colleagues. It’ll have all the details of the challenge you’re taking on – and allows people to sponsor you and donate straight to HHUGS, quickly and easily online.
£250 may seem daunting at first, but it’s really as simple as getting 25 friends to donate £10.
If that’s a breeze, you can set your heights on a higher target – £500 or £1000 – easily achieved with just 20 friends donating £50.
Many novice fundraisers have doubted they could raise £250 but with sincere intentions, du’a and the help of Allah they went to raise £1000 in the space of a few days. Some went on to smash the target by raising £5000 or £10000!! So never underestimate what you can achieve!
We’re on hand to support and encourage you at every stage, and if you’re not a confident wordsmith, we can even provide template messages for you to share if you’re short of ideas. Remember to use all means at your disposal to share your page – WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and SMS. Some even made videos to encourage people, and got their parents and children to compete with them in the process! Whether you’re a novice or an experienced fundraiser, this method is tried and tested.
Here are a few tips:
- Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they’re online, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash, cheques and chasing sponsors after the event is finished. You could even create your own fundraising team to help you spread the word!
- Level up your profile – Add an image, complete your story and set your event date.
- Kick-start your fundraising by donating to your own page. It’s a great way to begin your fundraising!
- Set a target: Aim high and keep your friends and family updated on how close you are to reach your goal!
- Spread the word. Once your page has been created you can share it with your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. You can also share it via a SMS message, e-mailing your contacts, or sending a WhatsApp and Telegram broadcast to your friends and family. Don’t forget to share it on any groups that you’re on.
- You can also share it on your story on WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram.
- Change your profile picture on all your social media platforms to our very own fundraiser avatar. You can even add it to your email signature! And of course don’t forget the old fashioned way of speaking to friends and family on the phone too!
- Let everyone know when the countdown to your challenge has begun by using our social media badges and sharing your page on your social media channels.
- Use social media to promote your walk through status updates, posting photos as your train, or undertake your walk, making videos, sending messages. Encourage others to join you if it’s safe to do so and you’re in a group of six!
- Think of fun ways to help donations roll in and the hours will fly by.
- Ask for help! Don’t be afraid to ask for tips from other fundraisers on our WhatsApp groups or asking staff for ways to energise donors if you find you’re getting stuck.
Here are some other ways to help:
- Get your fundraising matched by a colleague, workplace or friend·
- Contact your local press and radio stations with your fundraising·
- Contact local businesses for their support by asking them to sponsor you·
- We can send you a Charity Collection Penny Box which you can place at home or work if you’re back in the office, and even at the till of your local take away (with permission!). Order yours now at hhugs.org.uk/pennybox
- Even if a lot of events have ceased, you can still contact your ISOC, School, Scouts groups and others to get involved to support your fundraising.
- Remember, HHUGS are here to help so you can kick start your fundraising!
Can I fundraise offline?
Of course you can. If people have given you your sponsor money in cash, or made a bank transfer to you, and you want us to add this to your page, simply pay it in yourself. Alternatively, you can simply click “Add cash donation” and we’ll be in touch to verify your offline donation before it is added to your page. You can send a cheque (with the reference Muslim Charity Run + Your name) with your completed sponsorship form to:
43 Berkeley Square,
What if I don’t reach my target?
We’re confident that after Allah’s help, with a bit of effort and with our support you can easily meet your target. And if you don’t manage to, for whatever reason, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts and intentions
What are the benefits of taking part?
Aside from changing the lives of families, there are many benefits to running:
Physical health – As well as reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, regular physical activity keeps your body healthy and strong. It can help your blood pressure, help you to sleep better and keep your heart healthy. Running can help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. By getting into regular walking habit, you will feel more energetic and awake over time.
Mental health – Running can reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem, reduce stress and build a greater sense of calm. Look after your mind as well as your body.
Pushing out of your comfort zone and achieving – Whether you run, jog or sprint, feel the rush as you reach the finish line!
What is Gift Aid and does it really matter?
Make every £1 worth 25p more at no extra cost to you. It’s just a little box to tick but Gift Aid makes a huge difference when it comes to how much money we can raise to support families in the need right here in the UK.
To be eligible to add Gift Aid to your donation, you must be a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less income tax and/or capital gains tax then the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all donations made in that tax year it’s your responsibility to pay any difference. The government will give a further 25% of your donation to the charity, and it doesn’t cost you or your sponsors a thing.
This option will be there on your fundraising page, but if you could mention it to your sponsors, you could help raise much more money to support families torn apart by national security measures. Find out more about Gift Aid here.
What happens to the money I raise?
The money you raise will help provide pastoral, practical and financial support to families who need it most – women, children and elderly parents of detainees, whose lives have been torn apart following the trauma of a raid.
At HHUGS we know raids can literally tear families apart. That’s why we’re here, helping families whose lives have been devastated by detention to find their feet amidst the chaos, at a time when the rest of the community have often abandoned them. Every penny raised by competitors like you will allow sisters like Nazia to keep a roof over her head and will mean her children don’t go hungry.
“HHUGS came and picked me up at a time when I really thought I would end up sitting outside a branch of Tesco begging. Once I left the hostel, I feared I would wind up homeless and it was exactly then when HHUGS came and stood by me with the support I needed. Their support means I can keep a roof over my head, pay my council tax and cover my grocery expenses with monthly shopping vouchers. If you truly want to store great reward for your hereafter, come together to support HHUGS in every way you possibly can.”
Read Nazia’s story
HHUGS is the only UK registered charity currently supporting over 225 families – that’s more than 740 individuals – impacted by national security measures. Every penny raised in taking part in this challenge will allow us to support some of the most isolated families in the UK, vulnerable women, children and the elderly, who have been ostracised and stigmatised by society.
With every step you take, you will be uplifting our families. Your donations can uplift:
- A father bereft and crippled with loneliness enabling him to see his son for £50
- A child, embarrassed at the start of term, by gifting him school essentials £50
- A sister traumatised in the wake of a raid for £200 therapy
- A mother struggling to feed her family for £250
- A family facing homelessness for £500 shelter
What should I do if I’ve forgotten my username and password?
Click here https://www.hhugs.org.uk/my-account/lost-password/ if you’ve forgotten your password on our sign up page. Follow the instructions on the email you receive to reset your password.
Still having trouble? Please contact us at [email protected] for help logging into your account.
What if I no longer want to take part?
Get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling us on 0207 733 2104 if you can no longer take part. We regret that we will not be able to refund anyone who has already donated to support you and the registration fee is non-refundable.