Somali youth fund education, fight recent violence
Iftar fundraising dinner takes place next Tuesday night
Toronto’s Somali youth host a dinner speaker forum next Tuesday night to fundraise the cost of education of youth in their homeland and to discuss the recent shooting deaths of local Somali youth.
The second annual Black and White Iftar Affair will be held Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Forum Banquet Hall, 1771 Albion Rd. just east of Hwy. 27. Muslim Youth in Toronto and Teach Somalia host the event. Tickets are $10 per person.
Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims break their fast after sunset daily during the holy month of Ramadan, which ends Aug. 18. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan as religious observance, a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship when Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam.
Last year, the dinner raised nearly $9,000 for famine relief.
This year’s Iftar dinner will support the education of youth in Somalia, one of five dinners being held in major cities across Canada. The dinners follow the example led by the United for Somali Students (USS), a registered charity in the United Kingdom, which is sponsoring the education of 200 Somali youth in their country.
USS’s goal is “to empower Somali youth in the Horn of Africa and across the diaspora to overcome the adversities of conflict and poverty through the provision of education and providing self-reliant communities...” reads the USS website.
To purchase tickets online, visit http://blackandwhiteiftaar.eventbrite.com/
For more information, contact Ahmed Jama at 647-205-5262 or Fatima Farah at 647-300-4667.