A packed-out performance by two up-and-coming social media stars at Queen Mary University has raised £23000 in donations and pledges from locals as part of a wider tour which will make almost £100,000 available for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Performers, social media influencers and comedians AliOfficial (Ali Shahalom) and BrownGirlProblems (Rucksar Naaz) have taken their acclaimed, candid show across England over the past two weeks to raise money for Muslim Aid’s relief and development work.
Their material covered topics including balancing education and commitments, mental health and humour, gender equality, and their own lives in digital and mainstream comedy.
The shows were attended by hundreds who gave generously, ensuring that Muslim Aid’s Rainbow Family project will be able to sponsor 250 children across the 19 countries the project works in. A sponsorship includes food, medicine and shelter as well as emotional and other support to enable children to flourish and realise their potential, providing future generations with the tools for self-reliance and personal development.
Ali, who has recently landed his own BBC show, and Rucksar, who manages a job as a full-time nurse alongside entertaining her million-plus followers, were excited to have taken part in an initiative that brought communities in Britain together to alleviate human suffering around the world.
Ali Shahalom (AliOfficial) said: “On our tour we’ve spoken about all sorts; from mental health issues to digital journeys, all in aid of Muslim Aid’s global child sponsorship ”
Rucksar Naaz (BrownGirlProblems) said: “The tour has been a whirlwind of emotions from day one to day five. It’s been a rollercoaster and I feel drained mentally and physically, but in hindsight I think it was the best thing I have ever done. Thanks to my fans who turned up and raised so much for Muslim Aid.”
Jehangir Malik, Muslim Aid chief executive, said:
“The children we support will be grateful for, and proud of, the care and solidarity shown by the people of East London. Londoners have made a real, genuine difference to the lives that we are working together to improve every day.
Art and entertainment have a powerful role to play in bringing people together and creating change. It has been a privilege to work with two talented young creatives who are able to make people laugh while opening up discussion on some of the most important and sometimes difficult topics of our time.”