Sharing is caring: Qurbani distribution unites Bradford’s communities
Two Bradford charities came together in a bid to ensure Muslims across the city had an Eid to remember last month as they distributed Qurbani meat to hundreds of individuals and families.
The InTouch Foundation and IslamBradford united for the project, which saw over 800kg of meat provided to the local community.
Having held a smaller project last year, the InTouch volunteers, who run mobile soup kitchens across West Yorkshire, decided to expand operations last month with IslamBradford’s city centre base chosen to host the operations.
Aiming to serve as many diverse communities as possible, representatives from the city’s South Asian and East African communities turned out to receive over 800 packs of meat.
Osman Gondal, founder and board member of the InTouch Foundation, was on hand to distribute the meat on Sunday 27th September and said he could not have hoped for a better day.
“The event itself went really well,” he said. “We handed out 864 packs of meat to families and individuals meaning almost a tonne of meat was distributed.
“People from different backgrounds, including the local Syrian, Sudan, and Nigerian communities came down on the day and we were able to ensure they all had Qurbani to celebrate Eid.
“A huge thank you to all our volunteers, those who donated, and IslamBradford for helping to make this project possible.”
As well as handing over the bags of Qurbani, the two charities aimed to build cohesion between different cultures on the day.
Providing coffee and cake to those who came down, discussions about the charities’ works were also held with guests.
Osman added: “IslamBradford were generous enough to offer free refreshments at the site, to create more of a community atmosphere.
“We didn’t want people to think they were just to receive meat and leave, so by doing this we generated a more welcoming feel.
“The location of IslamBradford as well proved a big hit with visitors and we will be sure to build on this success for next year.”
Faisal Tariq, the UK InTouch Fundraising Manager, was also present to help distribute the meat.
He said: “It was amazing to share our Qurbani with our brothers and sisters from thousands of miles away. The smiles on their faces were priceless.”