Under a new collaboration between VOC and Crescent Lifestyle (CL), subscribers to the popular Islamic notification based platform will now be able to allocate a portion of their monthly fees towards the VOC Bursary Fund. The partnership is seen as an exciting new venture, aimed at enhancing the impact of the fund.
CL is an Islamic notification service that aims to connect members to a mosque of their choice, providing regular updates on events and schedule changes taking place in relation to their respective communities. They’re also known for putting a percentage of their profits back into the community, with subscribers afforded the opportunity to choose which beneficiary they wish to donate to.
The collaboration was announced on Friday during VOC’s Afternoon Cruise show, where CL handed over donations to three respective beneficiaries, namely Muslims Hands, Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA), and the Jamiah Masjid.
Muslim Hands representative, Imraan Roomaney, said they were honoured and grateful towards the CL members who selected their organisation as a beneficiary. He noted that the last donation received had gone towards hosting a feeding scheme with the South African Police Services (SAPS).
“They came to us for assistance, and at the same time CL came to us with his generous donation, and we did a wonderful feeding scheme. This time around we are going to use that money for income generating projects inshallah,” he said.
IRSA Manager of Institutional Fundraising, Zeenat Patel- Kaskar, said it was a great feeling for IRSA to be a beneficiary of the handover. She noted that her organisation was dealing with an increasing number of destitute individuals who were requiring assistance, and the handover would greatly help with addressing this.
“We need to look at opportunities for partnerships, and ways at pulling our Ummah together. In one way, a partnership with crescent provides that kind of opportunities,” she said.
CL also made a substantial donation towards the Jamiah Masjid, the mosque of Imam Moutie Saban. According to him, they had chosen to come on board because the Masjid was currently undergoing alterations and extensions.
“Crescent Lifestyle has been so generous to make a difference, by contributing and donating towards this project,” he said.
Speaking about the newly formed collaboration between the VOC and CL, VOC sales manager, Hassiem Bastra, said he was extremely excited about the partnership. He was hopeful the VOC listeners would support the popular service, which would in turn benefit Bursary Fund.
“Education is close to the heart, and that is what VOC is standing for,” he noted.
CL managing director, Al Firnas Patel, encouraged listeners to sign up to the service, with the aim of changing the community going forward. He said they were working hard to see how they could benefit and assist the Muslim public in the country.
For more information you may visit the websitewww.crescentlifestyle.com. You can also call 086 144 4786, or sms CL to 31699. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)