Sponsored fast for Ramadan in Lancaster

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Organisers of an inter-faith fasting event are inviting people to join in to raise money for Mind and experience the Muslim festival of Ramadan.

Lancaster University Islamic Society is providing the food and the venue. The event is also supported by the University of Cumbria Islamic Society.

The ‘Experiencing Ramadan’ event on Sunday, July 28, from 8pm to 10.30pm, is being rolled out across the country to challenge perceptions of what it is like to fast and to raise a target of £500 for Mind, the mental health charity.

The sponsored fasters will join the other participants for an ‘iftar’ (breaking fast meal) and there will be talks from faith speakers on Ramadan and fasting.

A spokesperson said: “We already have five individuals taking part in the sponsored fast. In addition, Rev Dr Joel Love from the Priory in Lancaster will be giving a talk, and Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, will participate in a non-sponsored fast and give a short talk on inter-faith work.”

Haroon Khan, a Muslim Imam, will be speaking on fasting and the sponsored fasters will give personal reflections on how they found fasting for a day.

The iftar event will start with an inter-faith discussion on fasting and charity. This will be followed by an opportunity to observe local Muslims praying. All those who confirm their attendance will be informed of the event venue.

For more information contact Dr Candace Hoffman-Hussain on hoffman.hussain@yahoo.com.

The organisers have collected £319.40 of their £500 target. Donations can be sent via www.justgiving.com/experiencingramadanlancaster and by text donation 70070 WWSW88 £x (where £x is the amount the person is willing to donate).