Charity, Marriage

Charity Chairman says ‘I do’ to pay for 100 weddings

The chairman of Penny Appeal, Adeem Younis, has set himself a big challenge for 2017, which involves raising £100,000 to pay for 100 weddings across the world.

Adeem has taken on the gruelling challenge of running the London Marathon in April and is hoping to raise enough money through sponsorship to give 100 couples £1000 each, which will pay the full cost of their wedding, giving them home furnishings and a special wedding gift pack.

The founder of has spent almost 20 years helping people get married and has helped facilitate over 50,000 marriages during that time, from the 2 million people registered on the site to find love. “We all know the difficulties of finding a partner, but it’s hard to imagine how challenging this is for people around the world who struggle in poverty stricken countries,” said Adeem.

“These people do not have the means to get married as many of these young people were orphaned as children. So this year, I have set myself a target, with Penny Appeal, to launch the campaign ‘Say I do’ to help most in need communities around the world.”

The first of these marriages took place in early January and Adeem headed to Pakistan as a guest of honour at the wedding of Mohammed Safeer and Basri Bi.

“Basri has been supported by Penny Appeal under our Orphan Programme having lost her parents at a young age,” Adeem added. “Mohammed too lost his father whilst he was very young, leaving the couple with no means of getting married. It was a real pleasure for me to be able to help them start their new life together.”

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Penny Appeal is a humanitarian charity, launched in 2009. Our way of doing charity is simple and has a massive impact. We make charitable giving affordable and rewardable, ensuring everyone can help those in desperate need by donating just a few pennies each day. Our work is making a difference in the UK, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Our programmes provide water solutions, mass feedings, orphan care, emergency food and medical aid in disaster and conflict-affected areas. Individual projects comprise a mixture of emergency support, short and long-term relief aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty. In the UK, the charity creates tailored projects to support hard to reach and disadvantaged communities including homeless people and victims of domestic abuse.

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