During this holy month of Ramadan, Makro along with Muslim Hands and VOC ran a Fitrah campaign in order to receive donations which will be distributed to poor and needy families this coming weekend. At the Makro store in Ottery, those involved in the initiative came together for the official handover of the project on Thursday.
For the campaign Makro placed bins at the exit where customers were able to donate food items as part of their Fitra. This four week long campaign boasted huge success and Imran Roomany, manager for Muslim Hands says that they are grateful to all those that supported the initiative.
“The response that we received from the community thus far has been very heart-warming,” says Roomany.
Roomany adds that are humbled by the fact that there are good people out there and basically Muslim Hands is the medium by which people can reach out to the poorer community.
“So the support has been tremendous, the quality of goods that has come in the and the amount of goods that have come in has been very overwhelming and we are very happy with the outcome,” Roomany went further.
This is the third year that Makro has partnered with Muslim Hands and this is the first campaign of this nature hosted in the Ottery store.
Ashiq Parker, admin manager at Makro ottery says that with their Corporate Social Investment (CSI) project, the store managed to secure R20 000 which was used to purchase dry goods which was donated to Muslim Hands for their Fitrah hampers.
“The campaign has been well supported by our customers and by the staff and there has been wide spread discussion about it and the interest has been there and it has been really amazing,” explained Parker.
Sheikh Haashim Peck of Muslim Hands says that the fitra hampers will be distributed to 16 locations around the Cape Town area which includes Athlone, Hanover Park as well as Khayelitsha.
“We are trying to spread it widely so all the needy recipients can receive a Fitra parcel,” said the Sheik.
For those still wanting to contribute to the initiative you can visit Makro Ottery to make your donation or the Muslim Hands offices in Rylands will also be happy to assist.
VOC (Umarah Hartley)