Response to #SAveSyria is ‘overwhelming’

Johannesburg – More than R7 million has been paid to the #SAveSyria #OperationSA fund within five days.

#OperationSA launched the drive earlier this week in response to calls to help with humanitarian efforts in Aleppo and other parts of war-torn Syria.

“The response from South Africans has been overwhelming. We are continuing to get pledges online and via SMS,” said #OperationSA founder Yusuf Abramjee.

Almost R14-million has been pledged for #SAveSyria. A multi-channel four hour pledge line broadcast on Tuesday evening raised R 10 028 953.00

The #SAveSyria #OperationSA campaign was launched following calls to assist victims of the Syrian conflict. Abramjee with fellow social activists Yaseen Theba and Catherine Constantinides are among those behind #OperationSA.

The pledge line saw almost 800 callers and thousands of SMS’s. The biggest single pledge was R2,3 million was from the Polokwane Muslim Trust Welfare Fund for the Al-Imdaad Foundation. It has already been paid into the special fund.

Scores of young children, some donating their spending money, also called in. A Pretoria family, who did not want to be named, even cancelled their planned holiday to donate to #SAveSyria.

The money is to be distributed to seven local charities who are doing humanitarian work in Syria. They are the Al-Imdaad Foundation, Africa Muslims Agency, Jamiatul-Ulama SA, Jamiatul-Ulama KZN, Al-Quds Foundation, Muslim Judicial Council and Islamic Relief SA.

The Al-Quds Foundation is preparing a container with food and clothing and it is scheduled to leave Johannesburg on Wednesday.

“South Africans and foreigners really opened their hearts. The donations will go a long way to ease the pain and suffering of Syrians,” said Abramjee from #OperationSA

“We are witnessing ubuntu in action yet again. The response from the public has been amazing and we will ensure that every rand raised is used for humanitarian relief such as food, blankets, medicines and shelter,” added Abramjee.

He said “it was not only Muslims who were donating. People from all sectors of society are digging deep into their pockets.

“If one person suffers we all feel the pain. It is our duty to help those in need irrespective of religion, nationality or race. We are all human.

“The pledge recall rate is brilliant. We almost have 50% of the money in within such a short space of time. I have not seen such a response in all the years of charity and community work,” Abramjee told the Saturday Star.

Yaseen Theba from #OperationSA said the pledge line was a “major success.”

He said “we were not sure how much money will come in because we are in the middle of the holiday season.

“The phones did not stop ringing. The shocking images from Syria also prompted many callers to donate. The almost R14m raised in such a short period of time shows we are a caring nation,” said Theba who directed the Call Centre Operations.

Online pledges are still coming in and the public can continue donating on the website www.operationsa.org

Donations can also be made via Whats App and SMS: 072 3 99 99 99.

Catherine Constantinides said: “Thank you, thank you, thank you. South Africans never stop to amaze. They dig deep into their pockets and they always make a difference. We have hearts of gold. I am proud of my colleagues at #OperationSA, the many volunteers and sponsors. Well done also to the media for supporting the cause.”

Abramjee said he and Qari Ziyaad Patel from the Al-Imdaad Foundation will lead a delegation to the Turkish-Syrian border early in the new year “to look at conditions on the ground and the relief operations underway.”

The Al-Imdaad Foundation is co-ordinating the visit with #OperationSA and “we want to see exactly how every rand donated by people is going to be used.”

“We will not allow money donated to be used for salaries, agents fees and admin costs,” said Abramjee.

#OperationSA will continue to work locally and internationally by engaging with partners, donors and communities “to develop projects that bring relief, hope and dignity to some of the most vulnerable people.”

Abramjee and Theba were part of the team that founded Operation Hydrate earlier this year. The civil-society group donated millions of liters of water to drought-stricken communities.

Abramjee is also Chief Ambassador the CEO Sleepout SA. This year they donated R9m to three charities involved in education. Over R20m went to Boys and Girls Town last year.

“Our mission in life should be to help others in need and create a better world,” he said.

In partnership with the Al-Imdaad Foundation, Abramjee and the Operation Hydrate team also drilled boreholes in many parts of SA.

Al-Imdaad’s Projects Coordinator Qari Ziyaad Patel said : “Our teams on the ground are ready to facilitate the relief efforts on behalf of #OperationSA and with the experience and transparency we have it will indeed be and eye opener for the group.

“The situation and difficulties faced by the Syrian people is without doubt the worst humanitarian crisis of our time and together this initiative from #OperationSA will make a huge difference.”

Saturday Star

Over R10-million pledged for #SAveSyria by #OperationSA

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday 21 December 2016

Over R10-million pledged for #SAveSyria by #OperationSA

A pledge line by the five-day old NGO #OperationSA to assist with humanitarian efforts in Syria raised R 10 028 953.00 within five hours.

The #SAveSyria campaign was launched at the weekend following calls to assist victims in Aleppo and other parts of war-torn Syria.

Social activists Yusuf Abramjee, Yaseen Theba and Catherine Constantinides are among those behind #OperationSA.

The pledge line on ITV channel (DSTV 347) and several radio stations saw almost 800 callers pledging.

The biggest single pledge was R2m from the Polokwane Muslim Trust Welfare Fund.

Scores of young children, some donating their spending money, also called-in.

The money is to be distributed to seven local charities who are doing humanitarian work in Syria. They are the Al-Imdaad Foundation, Africa Muslims Agency, Jamiatul-Ulama SA, Jamiatul-Ulama KZN, Al-Quds Foundation, Muslim Judicial Council and Islamic Relief SA.

“South Africans and foreigners opened their hearts. The donations will go a long way to ease the pain and suffering of Syrians,” said Yusuf Abramjee from #OperationSA

“We witnessed Ubuntu in action yet again. The response from the public has been amazing and we will ensure that every rand raised is used for humanitarian relief such as food, blankets, medicines and shelter,” added Abramjee.

Yaseen Theba from #OperationSA said the pledge line was a “major success.”

“The phones did not stop ringing. The shocking images from Syria also prompted many callers to donate. The over R10m raised in such a short period of time shows we are a caring nation,” said Theba who directed the Call Centre Operations.

On-line pledges are still coming in and the public can continue donating on the website www.operationsa.org

Donations can also be made via Whats App and SMS: 072 3 99 99 99.

Catherine Constantinides said: “Thank you, thank you, thank you. South Africans never stop to amaze. They dig deep into their pockets and they always make a difference. We have hearts of gold. I am proud of my colleagues at #OperationSA, the many volunteers and sponsors. Well done also to the media for supporting the cause.”

Abramjee said a delegation was planning to visit Syria soon “to look at conditions and the relief work underway.” The Al-Imdaad Foundation is co-ordinating the visit.

#OperationSA will continue to work locally and internationally by engaging with partners, donors and communities “to develop projects that bring relief, hope and dignity to some of the most vulnerable people.”
#SAveSyria banking details.

AL IMDAAD FOUNDATION
FNB
BR CODE 220325*
ACC No.62102373206
Ref: AIF20819
Aleppo-Zakaat/Lillah/Sadaqah etc.
*Must mention Zakaat, Lillah etc.
Send Proof to info@operationsa.org

ALL DONATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE ABOVE REF NUMBER.
Twitter: @OperationSA1
FB: www.facebook.com/operationsa

Instagram operationsa1

Website: www.operationsa.org

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Enquiries:
Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203

Yaseen Theba
Cell 064 4 000 000

South Africans unite to urgently assist #Aleppo #Syria

MEDIA STATEMENT

SUNDAY 18 December 2016

#OperationSA

South Africans unite to urgently assist #Aleppo #Syria

A group of South Africans have formed #OperationSA and its first task is to urgently raise money for humanitarian efforts in Syria.

Among those behind the initiative, amongst others, are social activists’ Yusuf Abramjee, Yaseen Theba and Catherine Constantinides.

Abramjee said “an urgent decision was taken at the weekend to make Aleppo and other parts of Syria the first project. We cannot sit back and see the suffering continue. Innocent men, women and children are being slaughtered and thousands are crying for help.

“Many local and foreign charities are assisting but we all need to DO much more. There is an urgent need for food, medical supplies, blankets, mattresses and shelter.

“We decided to co-ordinate the collection drive and #OperationSA will distribute the funds to credible charities who are working on the ground as a matter of urgency,” Abramjee said.

ITV on DSTV channel 347 will host a pledge line/telethon on Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

Several radio stations and media organizations will take the broadcast live: they include Souk Islam Channel (You Tube), Radio Al Ansaar, Radio Islam, Channel Islam InternationalVoice of the Cape, Sirius FM and Deen TV.

“We are delighted so many NGO’s and media organizations have joined hands. We stand united for a common purpose – to help those in need.”

#OperationSA is supported by various organizations throughout the country including Islamic Relief SA, The Al Imdaad Foundation, Jamiatul Ulama SA, Jamiatul Ulama KZN, Awqaf SA, Crescent Lifestyle, Africa Muslims Agency, Al Quds Foundation, Caring Women’s Forum and The Two Lights Foundation.

Several other humanitarians and NGO’s are also on the working committee including community leader Andy Mashaile, Al Firnaz Patel from Crescent Lifestyle, Zaheera Bham Ismail from the Caring Womens Forum (CWF), attorney Yousha Tayob, banker Amman Muhammed and Raeesa Rhemtula.

Deputy CEO of Awqaf SA Mikaeel Collier from Cape Town, businessman Ridwaan Kalla and attorney Raeesa Rhemtula from Polokwane are also on the Working Committee.

“We are hoping to raise a few million rand,” #OperationSA added.

Beneficiaries will include, amongst others, the Al Imdaad Foundation, Islamic Relief SA, Africa Muslims Agency, Jamiatul Ulama SA and Jamiatul Ulama KZN. A number of smaller charities are also on the list.

#OperationSA is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to reduce human suffering.

“We respond to natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and poverty locally and abroad. We are non-sectarian and non-political.

“Ubuntu – This African proverb reveals a world view that we owe our selfhood to others, that we are first and foremost social beings, that, if you will, no person is an island, or as the African would have it, ‘One finger cannot pick up a grain.’

“Ubuntu is, at the same time, a deeply personal philosophy that calls on us to mirror our humanity for each other.

“We encourage willing participation, warmth, openness, and personal dignity by partnering with communities, governments and corporate organizations. These relationships let us harness complementary expertise and networks to ensure that each community gets the best response available.

“People are powerful when they are heard,” said #OperationSA

“By engaging with partners, donors and communities, #OperationSA fosters skills such as transparency, accountability and open public debate — the cornerstones of effective civil society. And a strong civil society supports good governance, the critical force behind long-term development and stability.

“We believe that dynamic partnerships are critical to solving challenges. Our partners – from corporations to foundations to entrepreneurs – are committed to developing and supporting socially responsible initiatives that build stronger communities in the developing world, while enhancing business and development goals.

“Together, #OperationSA and our partners can help build a world of opportunities.”

Abramjee and Theba were involved in #OperationHydrate earlier this year which saw millions of liters of water distributed to communities in need.

Theba said: “With the support across the board, we are going to make our mark again and assist those in need. Let’s all work together and assist when and where we can.

“Going forward, we also going to launch a programme to help individuals and charities in need across SA,” he added.

On-line pledges are already being taken for the Syrian relief. Almost R250 000 was pledged within 24 hours.

Pledges for #SAVeSyria can be made on-line:

www.operationsa.org

Banking

AL IMDAAD FOUNDATION

FNB

BR CODE 220325*

ACC No.62102373206

Ref: AIF20819

Aleppo-Zakaat/Lillah/Sadaqah etc.

*Must mention Zakaat, Lillah etc.

Send Proof to info@operationsa.org

ALL DONATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE ABOVE REF NUMBER.

Twitter: @OperationSA1

FB: www.facebook.com/operationsa

Instagram operationsa1

Website: www.operationsa.org

Enquiries:

Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203

Yaseen Theba cell 064 4 000 000

Who do you call when 10111 goes on strike?

Media statement

#NamolaApp

Who do you call when 10111 goes on strike?

10111 call centre workers are threatening to go on strike over unresolved salary disputes dating back to 2013. “Nothing has happened four years down the line and members say enough is enough,” Oscar Skemmere, of the South African Police Union.

Unfortunately the ugly truth is that criminals aren’t going to wait for negotiations and salary increases before they attack.

Between April 2015 and March 2016 over 20,000 households were robbed, 250,000 homes were burgled, 14,000 cars were hijacked, and 51,000 sexual offences were reported. Those are scary numbers.

The strike will place additional pressure on the country’s already stretched emergency services. At a time when citizens feel disempowered when it comes to their safety and security, Namola – the free, crime-fighting safety app – offers South Africans a solution to help alleviate the challenges in accessing emergency support.

Namola is an innovative mobile application, developed by the Tshwane Metro Police Department that is helping to keep the citizens of Tshwane safe. Designed to enable citizens to connect directly with crime fighting authorities, Namola is increasing the effectiveness and efficiency needed to combat crime in South Africa.

The crime fighting safety app allows users – via their GPS enabled smartphones – to share their physical location with the nearest three TMPD emergency response vehicles and receive an immediate response. The first available officer is immediately directed to the citizen’s location while being monitored by the control room. It’s faster and it makes the task of getting help as simple as pushing a button.

As we move into the holiday season, South Africans, and especially citizens in Tshwane, are encouraged to download the free Namola app http://namola.com/download and to share it with their family and friends. With 11x faster response times by the TMPD, this is a fantastic innovation to fight crime and save lives, with plans underway to roll the service out across South Africa.

Harness the power of technology to stay safe this festive season.

Ends

For more information please contact:
Peter Adolphs
+27 (0) 72 844 6375
peter@everarica.com

MULTI-MILLION RAND YUSUF ABRAMJEE COMMUNITY CENTRE” FOR CAPE TOWN ANNOUNCED

MEDIA RELEASE
SUNDAY 11 December 2016

MULTI-MILLION RAND YUSUF ABRAMJEE COMMUNITY CENTRE” FOR CAPE TOWN ANNOUNCED

A Cape Town philanthropist and businessman has pledged to construct a multi-million rand community resource centre in honour of social activist Yusuf Abramjee.

Neil de Beer made the announcement at the new Al-Ikhaas Library and Resource Centre in Lansdowne where Abramjee presented 40 coffee table books to senior citizens who have not been on Hajj (pilgrimage).

De Beer said Nedebe International “would join Abramjee on his mission of promoting social cohesion and my friend and brother and is a true inspiration to millions. We want to ensure that his good work is showcased in all corners of our country and across the globe.”

He said “finer details of the R5-million project would be released in the New Year.

“Communities will be invited to make submissions. We are looking at a media/rescource centre incorporating a library. It will be known as the ‘Yusuf Abramjee Community Centre.’ ”

Awqaf South Africa said it would donate the land for the project.

Deputy CEO Mickaeel Collier said his charity was committed to assisting communities in need “where ever and when ever we can.”

Abramjee said “the announcement took him by surprise. I am delighted that we will be making a difference in our communities. Education is a priority and we must all continue doing good and serving. I am honoured and humbled.”

Abramjee and Chairman of the Al-Ikhlaas Library and Resource Centre, Dr Elias Parker, announced that two senior citizens will be sponsored to undertake Hajj next year. De Beer pledged to pay the costs of an additional two.

Abramjee’s coffee table book has over 400 photographs of this year’s Hajj. Proceeds are going to two charities: Awqaf SA and Crescent Lifestyle.

Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, Reverend Phillip Bam, said “we all have to work together and show more religious tolerance. Yusuf’s book does this. As I page through it, it shows me what Hajj is all about.”

Professor Khadijah Moloi of the Vaal University of Technology said “everyone had a duty to assist those in need. Seeing our fathers and mothers receiving this special gift brought tears to my eyes. She said Yusuf book took Hajj into thousands of homes. It is not a coffee table book but rather and educational book.”

De Beer announced recently that he would be donating 100 of Abramjee’s books to libraries.

The 40 books, costing R750 each, were sponsored by the General Manager of the Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

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40 #Hajj2016 books were distributed to people who have not been on pilgrimage in Cape Town on Sunday.

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Yusuf Abramjee (left) distributed his #Hajj2016 book to senior citizens. Seated: Businessman Neil de Beer and Jasmina Ratcliffe (70). Jainodien Stuurman (67) and Dawood Esack also received books from Yusuf Abramjee (right) and Dr Elias Parker from the Al Ikhlaas Library and Resource Centre.

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With kind regards

Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

Makkah & Madinah Silver Haramayn Sacred Mosques coin set.

NOW available in SA: Makkah & Madinah Silver Haramayn Sacred Mosques coin set. Diameter 39mm. Metal 925 Ag75Cu. Weight 1oz silver/31.1gr. Quantity Proof. Issue limit 10
000 pcs. Year of Issue 2016.

Beautifully packaged: Also comes in a specially made wooden casing. Ideal gift also. It is a must have!

Price: R1750. (Courier cost additional R100). Limited stock.

Order via email: Yusuf@abramjee.com or visit www.abramjee.com