Gala dinner to raise funds for broken building

2017-11-14 06:00
Riedwaan Kenny needs funds to repair damages to a local madrassa. PHOTO: aishah cassiem

Riedwaan Kenny needs funds to repair damages to a local madrassa. PHOTO: aishah cassiem

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Members of the Shukrul Mubeen Education Board affiliated to Shukrul Mubeen Masjied in York Road, Lansdowne will host a gala dinner this month.

The fundraising event on Friday 24 November is in aid of the Islamic school’s building restoration project. Organisation chairperson Riedwaan Kenny says the project needs the community’s support.

The building was first put up in the late 1970s before the construction for a new masjid next door.

When People’s Post visited the school last week, the premises were clearly in a poor condition and included broken doors and a lack of window glass.

“This madrassa has been here for a long time and has benefited many students over the years. Unfortunately, the building has had major damages over that time, which now need be replaced. The problem over the years has always been that not much importance has been placed on this building. It has got to the point where the premises has become worse and will now cost us much more,” he says.

Kenny says millions would be needed to accomplish the entire building project.

“There are people in our community who have come forward to assist, but there is still much to be done. This fundraising event would be the start of our project in reaching that goal.”

He says their main focus is to replace the roof structure which is falling apart piece by piece.

“This is visible upon arrival and can be seen in the entrance and right around the building.

“The doors are also falling apart and window frames are left without any glass. The bathroom and kitchen need repairing, and if we look inside the premises, the walls are also in a terrible state,” he says.

“We have a crèche downstairs and the play area is not what is expected. The kids can’t play in it. We host Islamic classes upstairs and we plan to renovate the space. We would like to accommodate the students in a bigger room and plan to combine the two classrooms.

“The ancient benches and desk located here dates back many years. We would appreciate donations or sponsorship for new furniture.”

Former and current students of the madrassa are urged to attend the gala in the Islamia College hall, Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne.

“The idea behind the dinner is to make a start on the first funds raised for this project. This madrassa has been serving so many students over the years, our aim is to get them to attend and give back to their community.

“We want to maintain this place in order for their children and grandchildren to benefit in years to come.”

V Tickets cost R250 each. For more information call Riedwaan Kenny on 084 604 8882 or visit the Shukrul Mubeen Facebook page.

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