Eid Gala builds bridges in Leeds


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POPULAR: The event was well-attended by members of the Leeds Muslim community as well as those of different and no faiths

POPULAR: The event was well-attended by members of the Leeds Muslim community as well as those of different and no faiths

Finishing off Ramadan in style with community fundraiser

A number of Leeds mosques came together last weekend to organise one of the city’s largest ever Eid gala fundraisers coinciding with the festive occasion of Eid-ul-fitr.

Eid marks the occasion when Muslims around the world unite to celebrate the month of Ramadan coming to an end.

It is a time when Muslims dig deep into their pockets in aid of charity, with followers of the Islamic faith in the UK raising millions of pounds in just four weeks for causes all around the world.

The gala event took place on Thomas Danby College’s sports grounds, in Roundhay, with the aim of building bridges within the community and beginning a trend of partnership in projects. 

Amongst those involved with the organisation of the event were members from the Leeds Grand Mosque and the Lincoln Green Mosque.

It was set up to raise money for a variety of charities - Human Relief Foundation, Al-Khair Foundation, UK Islamic Mission and Syrian Association of Yorkshire – in one final charitable push following Ramadan.

INFLATABLE FUNTIMES: The kids enjoyed jumping on the bouncy castles and were full of the joys of Eid

INFLATABLE FUNTIMES: The kids enjoyed jumping on the bouncy castles and were full of the joys of Eid

A wide range of attractions were on offer for all age groups, including inflatables and bouncy castles, food and drink, a wide array of retail stalls and football programmes for children and adults.

A spokesperson said: “In addition to providing an atmosphere of fun and happiness on Eid, this was a celebration with a focus on building bridges, and a further aim of serving a wider altruistic cause through raising funds for various charitable organisations.” 

The event was a huge success, with hundreds of attendees turning out on the day, including Cllr Asghar Khan and Cllr Mohammed Rafique.

In total, £3,975.86 was raised from the festivities with funds to be split between the chosen charities.

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