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Volunteers feed homeless in Burnley for Ramadhan
VOLUNTEERS of all faiths from across Burnley and Pendle came together to feed homeless people.
They used the Iftar — the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at sunset during the Islamic month of Ramadhan — to help those less fortunate.
The event took place at the bandstand in Burnley town centre from 8pm, and started with a countdown to welcome the first serving of food.
The aim was to bring people together and it allowed Muslims to give back to their community during Ramadhan.
Organiser and Brierfield councillor Qamar Shazad, 28, said: “It was a good idea and the first time we have done it.
@A group of volunteers got together and we saw that it worked out really well in Manchester.”
Food, drinks and dessert were donated from members of the community and local businesses, and a number of helpers and volunteers joined the team to distribute bags of packed food to those waiting in line. The volunteer group had previously had a successful turnout in the first event they held in Blackburn last month. Volunteer Noordad Aziz, 29, of Great Harwood said: “It is the true essence of Ramadan and we need to be able to give back.”
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from America were also present.
Elders were on hand to serve food and communicate with people and Elder Peterson said: “We voluntarily did this and it is amazing and fun to be a part of.”
And the gesture was very well received by the homeless and people in need.
Darren Wrighton, 32, of Duke Bar said: “I am a Roman Catholic myself and it allows you to get on with people. We should do it.”
All remaining food after the events has been donated to refugees and homeless shelters across Lancashire.
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