Nasheed Extravaganza (NEXT) is a charity fund-raising initiative by SMSA which launched in February 2005. It is a singing competition with the aim to generate revenue for its beneficiaries that are in line with it’s motives and vision. Through the collective love for music, the event has proven beneficial in increasing awareness on multiple different issues such as cancer, the ongoing war in Gaza and in spreading positivity as a whole. Celebrity guests from Malaysia such as Lah Ahmad and Alif Satar were also brought in to liven up the event even further.
NEXT concept has always been a charity-based event that revolves around humanity and global issues. The aim is to mould youths to become concerned about global and societal issues while encouraging the attitude of readily lending a helping hand through raising funds. SMSA realised that this event has great potential to ignite and instil awareness and sense of responsibility amongst the community.
NEXT was founded by a former Sheffield student, Mas Afzal Masarudin who was also the president of SMSA during his year. He successfully obtained a Medical degree despite being diagnosed with cancer in 2008. The late Allahyarham Mas Afzal passed away on December 18th, 2010. His sincerity has touched a huge number of hearts during his short lifetime. Thus, NEXT is held annually in loving memory of its founder, Mas Afzal Masarudin.
NEXT never fails to donate funds for its chosen beneficiary in every year, in which the funds were raised through donations, food fundraising and tickets sold from hosting the singing competition. in the previous years, a lot of organisations have benefited from NEXT such as National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA), Children with Cancer UK, SyriaCare, The British Heart Foundation, Sheffield Children’s Charity, just to name a few.
For this year, NEXT 19/20, we have yet to decide who our beneficiaries would be although there are a few in mind. The selected theme for this year’s event will be ‘Humanity’. Our objective is to increase the faith in humanity despite hearing devastating news on the media every single day. As fellow humans, we should spread love and give back to the society. This year, we have new ideas for NEXT such as starting an online singing competition. Students from around the United Kingdom can send in videos of them singing, and we will upload it on our social media. Hopefully, this will get a better outreach in the UK, seeing that social media has a greater impact in the digital age today. With quite a number of beneficiaries that has been lining up throughout the years, we do hope that we could reach out to more people in need no matter what the circumstances may be. Following the success of the previous NEXT in raising awareness of cancer among the Malaysian community here in the UK, we hope NEXT 19/20, will be able to reach out to even more people through this charitable event give benefits to society.
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As music and entertainment have become a big part of life, especially for teenagers and young adults, we aspire to bring forward nasheed. Nasheed is not only just another genre in music, it is also considered to be one of Malaysian culture where students starting from primary school were already exposed to it as a way of entertainment. This genre has been made famous by the likes of Raihan, Rabbani and UNIC in Malaysia. It is unique because other genres can be absorbed into it if it is in accordance with its good virtues. Nasheed is the type of music that promotes positive messages throughout the songs.
The concept of NEXT has always been charity-based event where every year we show every effort in finding new beneficiaries, be it local or international. The aim is to mould youths to become concerned about global and societal issues, besides encouraging the attitude of readily lending a helping hand through monetary fund, event organization and even showcasing participants talents in singing.
For this year, the 15th edition of NEXT, we are bringing National Cancer Council Malaysia and Children with Cancer UK as our beneficiaries. We aim to serve them a better life and a brighter future in any way we can, starting with donations that will hopefully help make a positive impact.
The aim for this year NEXT is To create awareness about cancer and to raise money for cancer research and patients.
As well as rebranding the name NEXT, the theme also changes over the year so that the committee and audiences who had joined previous events have the sense of freshness. This year, we carry the theme ‘ Voice of hope’ which best represents what NEXT is. The word ‘voice’ portrays the singing and video competitions which are the two anchors of the event and the word ‘hope’ symbolizes our aim for this year which is to create awareness about cancer and to raise money for cancer research and patients which ideally would help to fight cancer. We believe this theme is ideal in showing our concern to cancer patients. We hope that this theme would attract more people, Malaysian and non-Malaysians, from all walks of life regardless of race and religion to have empathy and join us in helping our brothers and sisters who are fighting against cancers.
- Date : 17th February 2019
- Venue : The Foundry, University of Sheffield
- Time : 12pm till 5pm
MAKNA (NATIONAL CANCER COUNCIL)
- A not-for-profit social enterprise founded by Dato’ Mohd Farid Ariffin. Inspired by his own son’s fight and struggles with cancer, MAKNA was born in 1994 and was officially launched in 1995.
- Over the years, the type of services offered by MAKNA has been diversified to cater to different needs of patients and the public in keeping abreast of the changing times.
- They provide a variety of services including the dissemination of information to anyone who wants to learn more about cancer treatment and related issues.
- They have been working with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) as a full-fledged member of the organisation. Their position has been to align themselves and participate in programmes that are aimed at raising awareness of cancer and accelerating the fight against the disease.
- Every year, on the average, 10,000 to 11,000 patients receive financial assistance from MAKNA because of the continuous support from people. Since their inception, they have managed to assist almost 450,000 cancer cases with the necessary help needed, whether financially, medically or equipment-wise.
- For further information, please access to this link http://makna.org.my/
CHILDREN WITH CANCER UK
- In February 1987, leukaemia claimed the life of 14-year-old Paul O’Gorman. Within weeks of his death, Eddie and Marion started fundraising. Just nine months later, another devastating blow struck the family when Paul’s sister, Jean, was also killed by cancer. In November 1987, just days after Jean’s death, their parents, Eddie and Marion O’Gorman, met Diana, Princess of Wales. Deeply moved by the double tragedy, she personally helped to establish this charity.
- Since 1988, they have raised over £220 million to help the fight against childhood cancer. Research, improved treatments and support for children with cancer and their families are still much-needed. Every week in the UK, more than 70 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer. Every year they invest more than £4 million in new research across the full range of childhood cancers.
- They currently have more than 60 projects under way at leading centres around the UK. This includes research that aims to drive up survival rates in even the hardest-to-treat cancers and to reduce the burden of toxicity for young cancer patients.
- From vitally important clinical trials and research to family accommodation, their small and dedicated team has funded over 200 projects, as well as supporting a Scientific Advisory Panel who provide invaluable scientific and medical advice and input.
- On every £1 donation, 82p is spent on fighting childhood cancer and 12p on raising further vital funding. For further information, please refer to this link https://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/
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