Preston Feed the Homeless(July 24, 2013)
Mark has given backing to a group of dedicated Muslim volunteers who are organising a ‘Feed the Homeless’ event on Saturday 3rd August at 7pm on the Preston Flag Market during the month of Ramadan.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a special time for fasting, spiritual reflection and giving across the world. Preston’s Muslim community have been fasting from dawn until dusk, a period of around 18 hours without food or drink, after which a special meal known as Iftar is eaten. On one day during this month, local Muslims will be serving meals to the city’s homeless community.
Following on from the success of last year’s event, volunteers again will be holding a stall on the Flag Market to cater for around 40 people who are expected to turn up. The usual fare of the soup kitchen will be replaced by traditional Asian cuisine of rice, naan, curries and home-baked sweet treats.
Organiser Hussain Master said: ‘Ramadan is a time when Muslims can experience what it feels like to be literally starving and it’s this empathy that has led us to come together as a community to share our food with those who are less fortunate. Last year’s event was a huge success and we already have a large number of volunteers who are ready and signed up to help out on the day’.
Mark said: 'This is a wonderful initiative from members of the Muslim community to help the homeless and needy in Preston. I would urge people to donate food for this event and wish the organisers every sucess.'
Food donations will be gladly accepted for the event, whether it is pre-cooked, fruit, snacks, drinks and halal or vegetarian ingredients, which will need to be provided beforehand. Cash donations will also be accepted for the running of the event. Event organisers will begin setting up from 7pm and food will be served from 7.30pm.