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Street Iftar

posted by: Mahmooda Qureshi | on: Friday, 23 June 2017, 20:18

Hundreds of people came from across Balsall Heath in Birmingham last Sunday to join in Moseley Road’s first ever ‘Street Iftar’, celebrating the life of Jo Cox as part of the nationwide Great Get Together.

HOPE not hate supported the event, which with food donated by several local restaurants.

The event, supported by HOPE not hate, took place in a KwikFit car park and created a great buzz all over Birmingham. We expected about 500 people but had well over 700 who attended on the day! There were several live feeds on Facebook and social media, and we all shared food donated by several local restaurants.

Speakers were invited from different faith backgrounds – Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Sikh, alongside Muslims – and we also had representation from the local city council who highly praised the initiative. The event was chaired by HOPE not hate.

People left quite emotional, stating how much they loved the evening and stating how much was a great need for such an event.

“We hope the Street Iftar will kickstart an annual intercultural and interfaith event where Balsall Heath can unite to break bread together,” said Dr Noha Nasser, of MELA social enterprise, who ran the event.

“It is the start of the regeneration of the Moseley Road as a key meeting place for the neighbourhood,” she said.

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