Today I was going through some old journals, I thought it might be fun to share my experience of hosting an event which I put together for charity. I hosted the event wearing a salwar kameez. As a volunteer with no previous poetry event experience, I lead this event for Islamic Help in aid of the emergency food appeal for Africa. The event was held at Osmani Centre, East London on Saturday 22nd April 2017.
Honestly, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time I told myself; “I can’t host, I’m not cut out for public speaking” The echoing sound of “you can’t do it” with all the crazy self-doubting moments I had to face leading up to the event… I’m so glad this fear of standing in front of an audience didn’t hold me back. I had to push on, no matter what. The aim of this event was to raise funds for people less fortunate; giving them essential food packs in Africa. I was doing it for my brothers and sisters, this motivated me to keep calm and carry on.
Event titled; “Recite – A Night Of Poetry” really got me out of my comfort-zone on this Saturday night. I had to brave it out and do the hosting to challenge myself. It was amazing, my epic brothers and friends were there to cheer me on. I’m so blessed, looking back at this event now… this will forever be a remarkable memory, I will always keep this with me.
A week before the event my friend from France called me for some moral support, with her wisdom and kind words, she added; “wear a salwar kameez – I’ll donate towards your event.” I thought to myself what have I got to lose, I should just go for it – donation for charity without any hassle. Let’s go! I put on the salwar kameez for Recite: A Night Of Poetry event.
As part of the deal I had to wear the salwar kameez until midnight for a generous donation… but I got cold wearing it at the event, my brother gave me his jacket. Lucky we were in East London, I got to wear the bomber jacket without any second looks! People were supportive and chilled at the event, it was amazing and I pulled off my first-time hosting wearing a salwar kameez. If this isn’t one for the books, I don’t know what is, I will forever remember this night!
The accomplished of being an event host was met. Yayyy, another experience in the bag with awesome memories. A massive thank you to Islamic Help’s staff members for believing in me and helping me with this event. It was all was worth it and I would do it again in a heart beat.
I went home feeling so proud of myself for not letting my fear get the better of me. I was happy to put a salwar kameez to embrace my friends traditional clothes. I could not have done this without the support of my family, friends, Islamic Help and with the amazing line up for this event. May Allah reward each and every person that was apart of this event.