The Dawoodi Bohra community, a group of Shia Muslims from across Markham, Richmond Hill, Whitchurch Stouffville, Vaughan and Toronto, have been donating food and supplies to help people in need and front-line workers through the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a release by the Dawoodi Bohras, this local humanitarian initiative is part of their Project Rise, and is a co-ordinated effort involving Bohras in 500 communities worldwide aimed towards assisting local food drives, and supporting emergency staff, in a means of also showing appreciation.
Sheikh Zoeb Galiakotwala, the president of the local community of Dawoodi Bohra’s residing in Toronto — Anjuman-E-Burhani — had said: ‘The leader of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, sent a message to all Bohra community organizations to extend whatever help they can to those who are hungry and unable to help themselves, and so Bohra volunteers in this city have mobilized to do just that.’
The Dawoodi Bohra community throughout the GTA has been donating food and helping those in need during these times, aiding areas throughout York Region as well, by doing the following:
• Supporting the elderly through delivering essentials such as groceries, cooking oil, milk bread and water, to their doorsteps. This support is available at anytime;
• Fostering friendships outside the community. Over 60 care packages were distributed to friends, neighbours, colleagues and acquaintances as a gesture of good will;
• Delivering care packages made up of snacks to Markham Stouffville Hospital, Richmond Hill fire stations, EMS and York Regional Police;
• Essential food supply and medicine were provided to international students who did not have the means to support themselves during COVID-19;
• Daily story telling sessions with interactive and meaningful stories for kids who are currently not in school;
‘Dawoodi Bohra group of members are very active to help those who require help,’ Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow stated in the release. ‘Our community in Richmond Hill has been very thankful for their efforts.’
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