High tea raises funds for Madrassa Tus Salaam

2016-12-14 06:01
Some of the guests at the i-Express table were, from left, Nasreen Isaacs, Kaanita Kader and Mariam Jordaan.       Photo: SASHIKA PILLAY

Some of the guests at the i-Express table were, from left, Nasreen Isaacs, Kaanita Kader and Mariam Jordaan. Photo: SASHIKA PILLAY

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A SUCCESSFUL ladies’ high tea fundraising event for Madrassa Tus Salaam in Overbaakens was recently held at the Muslim Movement Hall in Parkside.

The theme of the fundraising event was “One woman, many roles” with the aim of highlighting the important role of women in society. The event was sold out, with 24 tables and over 200 guests attending.

Event coordinator, Nazeema Forbes, said that despite their busy schedules, women came out in droves to show their support for Madrassa Tus Salaam, which is an Islamic learning institution.

“Our initial target was to host 20 tables. However, with the overwhelming support received we exceeded our target by four,” Forbes said. “I think it was a wonderful event to get so many women together at this time of the year when everyone is just looking forward to the holiday break and want to wind down.”

Prior to the fundraising event, Madrassa Tus Salaam encouraged members of the community to show their support through hosting a table at the high tea fundraising event.

i-Express, a monthly publication of EP Media, also hosted a table.

The guest speaker for the event was local attorney, notary public and conveyancer, Tasneem Fredericks, who is also the founder and managing director of the law firm, Fredericks Incorporated.

“Her talk focused mainly on the role of Muslim women in business and the many barriers they had to overcome,” Forbes said. “Islam permits women, within its culture to have a job and even run a business as the business owner. Today, more and more women in Islam have embraced these rights and have become successful entrepreneurs.” Forbes mentioned that another focus of the fundraising event was to acknowledge the elderly.

“Each of the 24 hostesses was tasked to bring along an elderly person, as they are at times the most neglected women in our society,” Forbes said. “Our focus was to honour and respect them, so most of the day was spent on spoiling them and making them feel special.”

Forbes mentioned that they have already received requests as to when the next high tea will be held. “I think as women, we sometimes need to share with and support each other but most importantly, just get together,” Forbes said. – SASHIKA PILLAY

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