Festival: Eid outreach with food for the needy

2008-10-01 00:00

Spreading the gift of giving over Eid, volunteers Shameela Jasat (left) and Leeya Jasat assist in distributing plates of breyani to families in Edendale.

Their effort was part of a larger project that saw more than 18 000 people fed across the city.

An Eid al-Fitr goodwill project started by a group of about 10 young members of the Muslim community has spiralled into one of the biggest feeding projects on the holy day that heralds the end of the fast of Ramadan.

The project is lauded for its months of careful preparation in which funds are raised from the community; its well-planned logistics and spirit of volunteerism.

On Tuesday night volunteer cooks started preparing 180 decksa’s (large pots) of food. By early yesterday morning distribution started at schools, old age homes, outside mosques in the city and in various suburbs from Edendale to Copesville.

The co-chairpersons of this year’s effort were Ridwaan and Bilal Jasat and they were assisted by over 200 volunteers. When the project first started three years ago the group fed 8 000 people, last year the number went up to 12 000 and this year to a record 18 000. Children were also given sweet hampers and cooldrinks.

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