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Hundreds celebrate Eid Al-Adha at Callendar Woods 

Over 400 people joined in the Eid festivities at Callendar Woods at the weekend [Sunday 3rd September], celebrating the first event of its kind in the woodland.  

Visitors to the Eid in the Woods event, organised by Al Masaar and Forestry Commission Scotland, enjoyed a range of free activities including a campfire with marshmallow toasting, outdoor play, face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling linking nature and Eid, outdoor cooking and foraging and a forest therapy walk looking at the many health benefits of being in the woods.   

The event attracted a mixture of groups from Glasgow, Inverclyde, Falkirk and surrounding areas looking for an alternative way to celebrate Eid. Throughout the day, participants planted Oak trees as a way of giving back to the woods and leaving a lasting legacy, bringing the event, the community and the woodland environment together.   


Nineteen young people from 7 to 16 years old, were also awarded John Muir Awards following the completion of activities at the Forest Falkirk ClubRun by Forestry Commission Scotland and Operation Play Outdoors, the group, from Al Masaar, took part in a variety of outdoor activities including den and fire building, outdoor cooking and camping and team work exercises.  

The first Eid in the Woods event has proved to be a huge success. It was amazing to see so many different groups and communities come along and enjoy being outdoors and taking part in the festivities. I think we’ll definitely look at organising a similar event for next year celebrating Eid and the woodlands.”  

Romena Huq, engagement officer at Forestry Commission Scotland

The day was a great success and we even had the weather on our side. The event covered so many different areas of interest from learning how to do CPR, free bike tours and a bike service and the opportunity to learn about the impact of climate change on our environment, there really was something for everyone.”  

Craig Thomson, from Operation Play Outdoors

“I have heard so much positive feedback about Eid in the Woods and people asking if something similar could be done again next year. It was a great turnout and we were thrilled to see our members receive their John Muir Awards.”  

Sofia Akbar, from Al Masaar


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StageClip welcomes Al Masaar SCIO as a sponsor for inaugural personal branding workshop series supporting college graduates

StageClip, Inc. today announced the addition of Scotland-based Al Masaar SCIO as a sponsor of its inaugural leadership program, “Elevate Your Voice! #MakeItMatter.” The series of workshops and expert panels unites a select group of rising college graduates from around the globe in a program designed to define and elevate their unique personal brand. Following the workshops, participants will create a polished professional video resume to bolster their professional careers.

Al Masaar SCIO, which translates to “Path to Progression,” is a charity organization located in Forth Valley, Scotland. The charity seeks to advance active citizenship and the contribution of diverse communities through promoting equality, diversity, dynamic citizenship, and assisting in removing barriers (e.g., language, isolation, discrimination, and exclusion) of diverse ethnic and cultural minority communities.

StageClip and IEO Lab have partnered to support graduates through the inaugural leadership program by assembling students from colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, Caribbean, Middle East, and North Africa for a series of expert-led workshops and trainings beginning in October and ending on November 18th, 2021.

Alongside this sponsorship, Al Masaar SCIO seeks to advance education through offering educational activities and training opportunities. Their focus is on programs that help these communities network, build their soft skills, and embrace their talents. This supports their mission to empower ethnic minority communities as a whole and their participation in wider society.

“We are delighted that our respective visions are so well aligned, and we’re excited to partner with Al Masaar SCIO to elevate the voices of students from all backgrounds. It’s wonderful to see the talent of our next generation and support them in telling their stories.”

Rupert Forsythe, co-founder and CEO of StageClip

“This sponsorship will further help our communities in not only elevating them in finding their voices, but also inspiring them to realise what is possible.”

Sofia Akbar, founder and CEO of Al Masaar SCIO


StageClip welcomes Al Masaar SCIO as a sponsor for inaugural personal branding workshop series supporting college graduates – continued:

Through a series of five networking panel discussions, participants will grow to understand how industry, government, and academic thought-leaders are hiring in the current economic landscape. Students will then participate in four hands-on workshops with industry leaders designed to help them effectively articulate their professional story.

Through these workshops, participants will finalize their personal, polished StageClip video resume to be featured on StageClip, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms — along with a LinkedIn Certificate of Excellence for completing this program. The StageClip video resume is a strong addition to a traditional written resume or CV, and distinguishes participants from other applicants, showcasing their personality, interpersonal skills, and creativity.

The program and speaker profiles can be viewed here:

To learn more about increasing engagement for upcoming graduation ceremonies with StageClip, visit