The Rochdale Bangladeshi Partnership Project (RBPP) arranged a Charity Iftar (gathering to break the fast) on the evening of Monday 23rd August 2010. The proceeds of the event are for the joint programme between BRAC and Sightsavers International, who are working in Bangladesh to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people in the developing world under the “Vision Bangladesh” agenda.
The Charity Iftar was attended by members of the Rochdale Bangladeshi Partnership Project (RBPP) including the Chairperson Councillor Keith Swift, the Vice Chairperson Dr Mushharraf Hussain, the Secretary Mohammed Dobir Miah, the Treasurer Moshahid Hussain, executive committee members Ashan Ullah & Sajjad Miah. There were also friends, family & members of the public present including Cllr Sultan Ali, Cllr Farooq Ahmed, Cllr Daalat Ali and Faruk Ali. The Chief Guest was Simon Danzcuk MP for Rochdale.
The RBPP organises an Iftar (gathering) on an annual basis, but this year decided to include fundraising as part of it. As it is obligatory for Muslims to give charity to the poor & needy, we thought as it’s Ramadhan most people will want to make donations and what better cause than to give the gift of sight. The event included information about the Vision Bangladesh programme followed by a meal to open the fast at the end of the day when the sunsets as well as prayers for all of mankind including those less fortunate than us.
The money raised (£2,030 in total on the night) will be forwarded to the BRAC UK offices who will make arrangements for providing cataract operations in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. Sylhet was adjoined to Rochdale through a Friendship Link last year. The RBPP is proud to be associated with BRAC and Sightsavers International – two great organisations who have excellent track records. The RBPP hope to support future initiatives through more fundraising activities.
Mohammed Dobir Miah (Secretary of RBPP) added: “We are grateful for all the donations made at the Charity Iftar. On behalf of the RBPP I would like to thank all those who took part in the Charity Iftar and be part of such a great cause. We hope that our contribution will go a long way to help those who are less fortunate and with better vision can build their lives. Can I also extend my thanks to the staff & management of the La Min-Haz Restaurant in Middleton for hosting the charity iftar.”