The Kincardine Islamic Centre organized a public iftar dinner in the Kincardine Hall at the Davidson Centre, Wednesday, June 21, hosted by the local Muslim community.
The event was organized to mark Ramadan, the month of fasting for the Muslim community, and to bring the wider Bruce-Grey community together to be part of an evening of poetry, spirituality and food.
Many Bruce Power employees were observing the daily fast, going without food and water from pre-dawn to sunset, close to 18 hours, while maintaining their respective roles at work, contributing to the company and sharing the experience of being hungry to help recognize, and be empathetic to, hunger and the lack of clean water for many.
The event was part of the month-wide campaign to collect food for the local food bank as recognition of the social responsibility to fight hunger in the community. More than 300 non-perishable food items were collected and donated to the Kincardine Food Bank.
Ayman Faddah of Power Trading, and Cindy Faddah, event co-ordinator, with Sheikh Ahmad Yousef, visiting Imam, thanked the guests and introduced them to the ritual and philosophy of fasting.
Asif Raza, presented spoken word poetry about Ramadan and our responsibility toward each other. The night ended with prayer and dinner.
Local community church leaders, politicians, Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie and Bruce Power president and chief executive officer Mike Rencheck, attended the event.
“It was a nice evening to meet people from the community, and the food was great," said Rencheck. "This should be an annual event.”
The organizers thank the wider community that volunteered and took part in this event to make it a success, sharing Bruce Power’s focus on ‘people and community’, our focus area for 2017.