Human Relief Foundation


An audience with

Juweyria Abdullahi

Fundraising Officer, Human Relief Foundation

Fundraising Human Relief Foundation

When were you happiest?

Last week when we won a tennis tournament in my local club for Under 25s.

How did you fill your days before you stepping into HRF’s world?

I was still in the charity sector and helping others in need.

What project first got you involved in HRF?

Somalia, I wanted to do an event called “Kings & Queens of Somalia” to raise funds for project’s I’d seen online during a visit to Somalia by HRF’s team.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I’ve always wanted to be either a Maths Teacher, Fashion Designer or an Aid Worker. Gladly I got one of my three aims, and I’m blessed to be in the charity sector.

What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had?

Diving with sharks. It was a scary and extraordinary experience that I will never want to be part of again.

What is your typical day as a Fundraising Officer?

Hassling people to support me with events, fundraising campaigns etc.

If you had the power to fix any of the worlds problems (and lets face it there are many), where would you start, and why? 

Firstly, I would sprinkle a smile - happy vibes all around the world. When people are happy and smiling, we want to make a difference and be kind. My way of changing the world will be to make everyone happy and smiley.

What advice would you give to someone taking their first steps into charity fundraising?

Be yourself, talk passionately about what you care about, and speak from your heart.

What‘s been the best moment of your career to date?

Going to Bangladesh – As I have a lot of Bengali friends in East London. I was learning Bangali last year and going to different cities in Bangladesh was amazing. I’m now know the many amazing places my friends are from.

And the worst?

I don’t have a worse experience yet to date.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Eating popcorn covered in chocolate, the best thing ever!!

What is your most unappealing habit?

Having mayonnaise with everything I eat. Soon I’ll be starting a blog about mayo and what food tastes best with it. Let’s face it, mayo taste amazing with everything, even though it annoys a lot of people with my daily intake.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?

On a mountain with a bike. On my way down, I took a fall. I lost my balance on the bike, quickly jumped off, but the bike went over the edge of the mountain, and just as I was about to follow it, my friend caught me and saved me. I will never do a mountain with a bike again for as long as I live.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you to date?

I have learnt not to be caught up worrying about the future and regretting the past. Rather focus on appreciating the now, and live in the moment. Learn from everything that happens, and realise that there’s no such thing as big mistakes only lessons to be learned.

Who would be your guests (alive or dead) at your dream dinner party?

It would have to be with the legend of #LoveArmy – Jerome Jarre. No brainer, it would have to be him. He’s inspirational and amazing for all that he’s done for Somalia, and Rohingya, transforming the lives of millions with aid. I aspire to be like him, so meeting him would be amazing, and having him to my dream dinner party will be epic!

What is your most treasured possession?

A tie dye scarf from my grandma.

Of all the projects you’ve been involved with, what has been the most personally satisfying?

Jordan Deployment was a different type of experience, it was wonderful. Meeting Syrian Refugees was life changing; I learnt a lot from them.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Jennifer Lawrence – Why not, she’s just amazing, brave and fearless.

How would you like to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as a person with so much life, and love. And as a person who brings light to the world with my cheerful self.

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