Get Involved Fundraising & Events Supporter Spotlight To everyone who has volunteered or fundraised for Afghanaid, THANK YOU! Here are some of the things our wonderful supporters have been getting up to. We hope they inspire you to get involved! 'Adstockistan', Buckinghamshire The village of Adstock are amazing supporters of Afghanaid. In 2015, Jo Nicholson and Tamsin Fisher planted ‘Adstockistan’, a community orchard in their home village of Adstock. With the money raised, Afghanaid planted fruit trees to support entire families in the remote northern province of Badakhshan. Last October, the people of Adstock took to the orchard for ‘Adstocktoberfest’; a celebration of apple-pressing, competitions and music which raised £1,074 for Afghanaid. But the fun didn’t stop there. Earlier this year the community shook off the January-blues with the return of Adstockistan’s annual wassail celebration. Wassailing is the ancient Anglo Saxon custom of singing to the trees to promote a good harvest in the autumn (just in time for another Adstocktoberfest!) This year’s wassail – led by vicar Ros (pictured above), who goes Pagan for the day – brought the community together among the trees to sing, dance and be merry in support of Afghanaid. Jo and Tamsin’s next fundraising extravaganza is the addition of a brick path through the much-loved orchard. Supporters can sponsor a brick and have it engraved for £25 to do their bit to pave the way to a happier future for the people of Afghanistan. SOAS Afghan Society Throws a Nowruz Celebration Students from the School of Oriental and African Studies Afghan Society put on a wonderful evening of music, poetry and food to celebrate Nowruz, the New Year holiday. What a lovely way to share the vibrant Afghan culture and support our work in the process! The evening raised a very generous £200 for Afghanaid. Quiet Echoes from Afghanistan: A concert for Afghanaid Royal Academy of Music student Phelan Burgoyne developed a passion for Afghanistan while learning the rubab, a lute-like Afghan instrument. Phelan decided he wanted to use his musical talent to raise money for Afghanaid so set about organising a concert for which he composed an original piece inspired by the writings of the Afghan philosopher and poet Syed Bahauddin Majrooh. Phelan and his fellow musicians, Martin Speake and Rob Luft (pictured), wowed the audience at the Royal Anthropological Institute with a stunning performance. We didn't want it to end! Do Good Dinners In early 2017, student Daniella and her friends decided that, with so much conflict and hardship in the world, they wanted to start a social event that would do some good, and so, the 'Do Good Dinners' group was formed. They decided that their first event would celebrate Afghan culture and they chose Afghanaid as the lucky beneficiaries. We played Afghan music, read Afghan poetry, served Afghan food and talked about how aspects of the culture have been suppressed by conflict. We wanted to inform and entertain guests, while raising money for a charity that supports vulnerable communities in Afghanistan. We would recommend doing something similar to anyone who wants to do some good and have a ball doing it. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. Thanks Daniella!