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Over the last few weeks you may have read or heard about Ramadan.

Ramadan is observed by Muslims around the world and is a period of about 30 days of fasting from dawn until sunset.

During the fasting period, food and drink is only served before dawn and after sunset. So you can imagine the anticipation that Iftar (evening meal) brings.

Six Mission of Hope volunteers presented with a certificate by an SSI staff member.
Mission of Hope volunteers being thanked by SSI Catherine Sell

Iftar is often a community event, with people gathering to break their fast together. In accordance with this tradition, for the second year running SSI has changed its fortnightly Community Kitchen from lunch time to evening, to provide Iftar for people and join with them for the evening meal.

On July 1, Mission of Hope, which supports the health and community needs of the Sydney Muslim community, generously provided an Iftar meal, prepared and served by the group’s volunteers. Mission of Hope also generously donated food hampers for people supported by SSI.

SSI Acting Manager Community Engagement and Capacity Melita Smilovic said that Mission of Hope had been so generous with meals that the leftovers were distributed to even more people in need through SSI offices at Ashfield, Parramatta and Auburn.

“The support of our people by Mission of Hope has been overwhelming and we really appreciate their generous provision of meals and hampers and also their goodwill and time,” said Ms Smilovic.

“Many of our clients celebrate Ramadan so we are grateful that they have chosen SSI as an organisation to support.”

Find out more about Mission of Hope here:

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