Super supporters Ladies of London organised a very special pancake sale last week in celebration of Ramadan and in support of their local children’s hospice charity.
Maryam Rasul, a member of Ladies of London explains the importance and meaning behind Ramadan, ‘We only have what we give. These words could not be more true in the holy month of Ramadan for the Dawoodi Bohra Community. Ramadan is synonymous with fasting from sunrise till sunset. This is the easy part. Ramadan is also about cleansing our souls too. Dawoodi Bohras take great strides to build bonds with one another and the greater community. We shift the focus from ourselves to how we can help others. This may be in the form of seeking forgiveness from someone, lending a helping hand, or simply asking after someone we wouldn’t normally interact with.
During Ramadan, there is a strong sense of community spirit and giving. We practice gratitude in every aspect of our lives. Being grateful for what we have opens the doors for giving. Giving time to help others. Giving our forgiveness to those who may not even have asked for it. Giving someone a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to listen. Ramadan is truly a holy month that sets the stage for the year ahead.’
In this spirit of giving, Ladies of London from the Dawoodi Bohra Community held a pancake stall in the Mohammedi Park Masjid Complex after Iftar, or the breaking of fast, to raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
Maryam said, ‘A great cause paired with a motivated group of women (who also made delicious pancakes) helped raise a substantial amount for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. We couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Pancake orders and general donations were coming in right until the last minute. We sold out completely. Thankfully, we also had beautifully decorated home-made cupcakes donated by a Dawoodi Bohra mum that uses the charity’s services.’
Ellie Bennett, Community Fundraiser at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, ‘As a charity we need to raise £10 million a year to provide the much needed care service to the families who so desperately need it – so we really rely on the kindness and support of the local community. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Maryam, the Ladies of London and all who were involved in making the pancake sale such a resounding success and wish everyone a very happy Eid al-Fitr.’