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Head girl pledges R20, 000 waqf charity to school.

Appointed as waqf ambassador on the eve of her final Grade 12 examinations, Head Girl of the Auckland Park Academy of Excellence (APAX), Aneesa Randeree, pledged R20, 000 in a waqf donation aimed at supporting leadership development, the underprivileged and educational initiatives at her school. Speaking at a special dinner function attended by fellow learners, staff members and special guests, which marked the end of her tenure as Head Girl, Randeree made the announcement during her outgoing speech. APAX, which opened its doors in 2011, is a Muslim school situated in Johannesburg. Waqf is a divine trust instituted by the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century. Property, ethical investments, and assets – such as houses, shares, cash etc  – are put in a trust whereby the core investment or capital cannot be eroded, but its fruits have to be used for the benefit of the community. According to Sacred Law, waqf cannot be ceded or sold. Randeree’s donation was handed to AWQAF SA, an NGO that specialises in waqf, and that runs several local and national programmes – such as Maths tuition, the drilling of water wells and social cohesion events focused at uplifting South Africa’s less fortunate.  AWQAF SA won international awards for its efforts in 2013-14. In her speech at the dinner function, Randeree said, “waqf is the most powerful sacred, sustainable,  enduring,  and empowering of all Islamic voluntary charities. I’d like to give something back to my school, a tangible legacy as a token of my appreciation…I’d ...

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#SheMeansBusiness Women’s Entrepreneur Programme

Awqaf SA in association with Siyafunda CTC, Nacadamy and Gifted Hope Foundation hosted 2 successful days of the #SheMeansBusiness programme. This is a women entrepreneur empowerment workshop is sponsored by Facebook and has the ambitious goal of training 4000 businesswomen. With the belief that women can achieve more when they work together, this 1-day workshop will be rolled out across SA creating a platform for women to connect and share knowledge while accessing training in digital marketing, finance, and business development. Awqaf SA in association with Siyafunda CTC, Nacadamy and Gifted Hope Foundation hosted 2 successful days of the #SheMeansBusiness programme. This is a women entrepreneur empowerment workshop is sponsored by Facebook and has the ambitious goal of training 4000 business women. With the belief that women can achieve more when they work together, this 1-day workshop will be rolled out across SA creating a platform for women to connect and share knowledge while accessing training in digital marketing, finance, and business development. If there is any interest by any group that wishes to host such a workshop anywhere in SA, kindly contact Shaheen on 082 786 1659

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Youth Rugby Festival

Imam Haron Rugby Festival creates awareness and social cohesion

Written by Shafiq Morton When Imam Abdullah Haron, a sports lover, was forced by the Group Areas Act to move from Claremont to Landsdowne, he built a first story veranda at his house that overlooked the City Park rugby field.City Park in the 1960s was one of the only privately owned non-white sporting facilities. It was also used for public events – and ironically for the funeral of Imam Haron after his death in detention in September 1969. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 45 year-old Imam Haron’s passing, and to commemorate the imam’s love of sport, the Imam Haron Foundation and Awqaf SA, in conjunction with Primroses Rugby Club, hosted the Imam Haron Commemorative Rugby Festival at its Rosmead grounds this weekend.Primroses, one of SA’s oldest rugby clubs, produced many star players during the non-racial South African Council of Sport (SACOS) era. The club has also produced Springbok players such as Eddie Andrews and Nizaam Carr. Ahmad Albertus, Primrose youth convenor, hailed the festival, saying that the club had been struggling to host a community tournament. “We are chuffed that Awqaf SA and the Imam Haron Foundation have given us the opportunity,” he said, adding that the festival was not about winning, but about social cohesion. Chris Diedericks, head youth coach of Goodwood-based NTK, said his club was happy to be part of the festival that in the spirit of rugby united people from different backgrounds. According to festival convenor, Fahmi Galant, the Imam Haron Commemorative Rugby ...

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Human Rights Cycle Tour

2020 Human Rights Cycle Tour – Cape Town

About The Al Kaaf Human Rights Centre in Cape Town hosted the media launch of Human Rights Cycle Tour which aims to memorialise the heroic struggles of the past. Cycling is a centuries-long mode of transport, an excellent form of exercise and, above all, a symbol of freedom through movement. Its symbolism is significantly enhanced by the rich history of the struggle for human rights in South Africa. The HRCT route is a ± 75km event and traverses major human rights memorials and landmarks, including the Cape Town Parade, the Castle of Good Hope, site of the Battle of Blaauwberg, site of the battle of Lisbeek, to the site of the Trojan Horse massacre in Athlone where blood was shed in the quest for justice, equality, and dignity for all. Course Route information: Distance & Route: ± 75km Passing major human rights memorials and landmarks Minimum age of entrants: 13yrs Prizes awarded: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Entry Fee – R295 (non PPA), R275 (PPA) Online entries via Racetec: https://online.entries.co.za/entries/findperson.aspx?pa=se&eid=4659 JELLYBEAN JUNIOR RACE There will also be a junior race Below is the Junior Jelly Bean Race information: PS: Distance & entry fee is age-dependent Date: 21 March 2020Entries open on 25 October 2019Venue: to be confirmedDistance: (1km- 3.5km)Kids aged 3-12 yearsOnline Entry Fee: R100- R150 (incl. an adult)Prize: All kids are winners- complete the track and you will be rewarded!Must have: Helmet & own wheels Media Launch Photos Click here https://client.myphotocorner.co.za/humanrightscycletourlaunch/a/humanrightscycletourlaunch/

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AWQAF SA Inaugural mini cricket festival

AWQAF SA Inaugural mini cricket festival was held on the 14 September 2019 at the Lenasia Cricket Stadium. The AWQAF SA mini-cricket festival hosted by Big Bom Lenasia Cricket Club (BBLCC) was an overwhelming success and marked a great start to the clubs 25th Anniversary. The festival co-ordinator Mr. MF Mahomed was full of praise for the clubs and schools who participated in this event. We had over 240 learners from different schools and surrounding areas of Lenasia and over 60 managers and coaches present. The event also accommodated for team of young girls who played against the boy’s team – this was an inspiration to all involved. The AWQAF SA mini-cricket festival hosted by Big Bom Lenasia Cricket Club (BBLCC) was an overwhelming success and marked a great start to the clubs 25th Anniversary. The festival co-ordinator, Mr. MF Mahomed praised the clubs and schools who participated in this event. We had over 240 learners from different schools and surrounding areas of Lenasia and over 60 managers and coaches present. The event also accommodated for a team of young girls who played against the boy’s team – this was an inspiration to all involved. Each player had the opportunity to play in 3 games each, where equal opportunity and “on the go” coaching was provided for each player. The BBLCC coaches, together with the respective educators identified the talented players and encouraged them to join BBLCC in their respective age groups to enhance their natural ability. Awqaf SA’s General ...

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