International humanitarian charity Penny Appeal hosted a charity dinner recently, featuring ‘An Evening with Maher Zain’, the first event of its kind in the UK.
Held over three consecutive dates in London, Birmingham and Manchester, funds raised by more than 1500 people who attended, will be instrumental in helping orphans and vulnerable children worldwide.
The award winning, faith-inspired singer songwriter, performed hit songs from his third album ‘One’, with each event featuring a live set and three course meal. Some lucky ticket holders and select members of the audience, took part in a meet and greet with Maher and had the opportunity for CD signings.
Sarah Joseph OBE, editor of Muslim Magazine EMEL, joined Maher on stage after his performance, to conduct a question and answer session, that gave an insight into Maher’s life.
Maher told Sarah that he was on the edge of mainstream music success, but felt uncomfortable with many aspects of the industry, so he decided to embrace spirituality alongside his music – it was then that other doors opened for him. Since that time, he has made musical history, and is one of the most successful artists in Malaysia and Indonesia, where he out-sells the likes of Adele and Justin Bieber.
Aamer Naeem, Chief Executive Officer for Penny Appeal said, “Maher Zain brought people together to enjoy music and excellent food, whilst fundraising for a worthwhile cause. We were honoured to host him at these exclusive events. We must never lose hope with the destitution and poverty across the world, we must make a change. At Penny Appeal, with the support of Maher Zain, we are working to inspire positive change for the future.”
Shaykh Abul Hasan, the founder of Awakening Records added, “Working with the Penny Appeal team was a real pleasure and Maher and Awakening Records look forward to collaborating in further charitable endeavours with Penny Appeal. Five Orphan Homes will be built as a result of the generous donations, giving many vulnerable children the care they need and deserve. Additionally, through separate donations across all three events, Penny Appeal received support for 188 Orphan Sponsorships.”
The humanitarian charity continues to build wells, deliver urgent medical aid and healthcare, provide nutritious meals, open schools, orphanages and provide vulnerable orphans the love and care they need to thrive.