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Edmonton Muslims Host Annual Dinner in the Inner City

September 10th, 2011

Event: Muslim Communities’ Luncheon for the Homeless
When: 12pm, Sunday, September 11th, 2011
Where: Boyle Street Community Services, 10116 - 105 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta
On Sunday, September 11th the Muslim communities of Edmonton will be holding its annual luncheon for the homeless. The event has been an annual tradition for almost a decade and has been enormously successful: feeding 600–700 hungry people a warm, healthy meal and involving an average of 70 people putting in 300+ hours of volunteer time.
The luncheon is a combined effort of the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC), an umbrella group representing Edmonton’s Muslim communities, Islamic Family and Social Services Association (IFSSA), a social service organization with a twenty year history in Edmonton, and the Edmonton Muslim Leadership Forum (EMLF), a new group focused on young professionals and community building.
The Muslim community is looking to expand and build on the Boyle Luncheons, by galvanizing more volunteers, and holding the event more frequently (within the last year its held three luncheons). ECMC Chair Masood Peracha said, “Working together for worthy causes builds bonds that foster a sense of community and strengthen working relationships for the common good. We’ve had a great history working with Boyle Street Community Services and we’re excited to announce our commitment to hosting this event, particularly since this luncheon follows the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.”
“Islam places a major emphasis on charity, public service and alms giving,” said Aziz Khan, president of IFSSA, “as part of this community it’s incumbent on us to do our part to take care of our neighbors as good Canadians. This is our way of marking the tenth anniversary of a tragic event and expresses our solidarity with our Canadian and American brothers and sisters.”
The Muslim community has had a long-standing relationship with Boyle Street Community Services. “The Muslim community members we have met and worked with over the past few years have demonstrated a deep caring for the clients we serve and we look forward to a continued friendship over the years to come,” wrote Lance Beswick, Boyle Street Community Services Communications Manager.
Media inquiries and request for interviews may be directed to the representative listed below.

Anas Melhem (587) 987-4114

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