Around 200 members of the Sydney Muslim community gathered in Lakemba on Monday, 1 April for the inaugural Ramadan United Iftar.

The event (which was run by Spark Change and held in the Lebanese Muslim Association’s Events Hall in Wangee Rd) saw 16 charities collaborate for an evening of fund-raising, perfectly encapsulating the spirit of unity during Ramadan.

The 16 charities involved are already renowned for the wonderful work they do in the community and they came together to emphasise equality and collaboration in fund-raising, rather than competition.

The night was enjoyed by all in attendance.

Revenue raised from Ramadan United’s charity auction, general donations and pledges is being pooled and distributed equally amongst the 16 participating charities: Spark Change; The Australian Muslim Project; HouseOf Sadaqa; Community Support Services Incorporated; Al Anwaar Charity Organisation; GIM Foundation; Feed The World; Quran College; Penny Appeal; Al Nawai Centre; Sydney Community Connect Inc; Aljannah Foundation; Zakat House; AJF Humanity For All; Madinah Academy and Reminder 10922145 Sadaqcare Australia.

Prominent community figure Ali Taufeek is the Director and General Manager of Spark Change and was the main spearhead behind the Ramadan United initiative.

Speaking at the event, Mr Taufeek (who has extensive expertise in the not-for-profit area) told the gathering, “tonight is about being united as an Ummah for a greater cause to help those in need.”

Ali Taufeek with Hilal Yassine.

“Sixteen charities collaborated to form Ramadan United, and what you see this evening is the result of great teamwork.”

“To our incredible charity partners, our multitude of sponsors and other supporters, and of course, all those who have contributed so generously, a huge thank you.”

 

Pictured, clockwise, Bachir Zreika, auctioneer Wessam and Sheikh Mohamed Harby.