To all of our incredible fundraisers and volunteers - THANK YOU! Here are some of the things our wonderful supporters have been getting up to. We hope they inspire you to get creative and do something amazing for vulnerable people in Afghanistan!

The #TwoPointSixChallenge

In lieu of the postponed London Marathon on 26th April 2020, we challenged our supporters to do something #ForAfghanistan - Run, Bike, Stretch, Dance or Play - to make the day one to remember. Our fantastic supporters rose to the challenge, helping to raise awareness of the Coronavirus situation in Afghanistan. Check out our highlights!

'Adstockistan', Buckinghamshire

The village of Adstock are incredible long-term 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.

Every October, the people of Adstock take to the orchard for ‘Adstocktoberfest’; a celebration of apple-pressing, competitions and music which this year raised more than £3,000 for Afghanaid. But the fun doesn't stop there. Every January the community shake off the Winter-blues with an 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!) The wassail is led by vicar Ros, who goes Pagan for the day – and brings the community together among the trees to sing, dance and be merry in support of Afghanaid.

Brunel Afghan Society

The Afghan Society at Brunel University showed their dedicated support by holding two fantastic evenings in-aid-of Afghanaid this year. In December, we thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful display of music, dance, food and fashion, and the evening raised a very generous £315.

In March, Brunel and University of Westminster Afghan Society joined forces to hold an incredible Nowruz celebration which gave us all the opportunity to enjoy all things Afghan, including a fantastic display of dance from professional dancer Ziba Tabrizi. The evening raised over £1,000 - an astonishing amount - showing the dedication of the fantastic members of the society.

Photograph header by @brightnight_photography

Ensemble Laudetsi: A concert for Afghanaid

Royal Academy of Music graduate Phelan Burgoyne developed a passion for Afghanistan while learning the rubab, a lute-like Afghan instrument. Back in 2017, Phelan first organised a concert to raise money for Afghanaid, for which he composed an original piece.

In February 2019, Phelan decided to dazzle us again and held a concert with fellow musicians and rubab players Mathieu Clavel, Maria Papadimitraki and Sulaiman Haqpana. The group wowed the audience at the Royal Anthropological Institute with a mesmerising performance.

Watch this space for Phelan's next display of his talents - in the meantime, find out more about the rubab!

Adstock Singers: Christmas Through Time

Last December the Adstock community showed their amazing support for Afghanaid again when three choirs, the Adstock Singers, the Ladstock and the Swan Choir came together and held two festive concerts that explored the music enjoyed over the centuries at Christmas.

Starting with medieval chants and finishing with the Pogues via Bing Crosby, the evening really did cover everything Christmas and we enjoyed joining in between the mince pies!

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