Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Venus Of The Soup Kitchen

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It’s great to work within the housing sector and it’s certainly a diverse one. Better for it too.

This time of year all my friends and colleagues of a certain faith, are embarking on a month of fasting (Sawm). It’s fourth of the five important pillars of Islam, with beginning and end of Ramadan determined by the lunar Islamic calendar. So it moves slightly each year, making fasting in daylight hours, especially challenging in the summer months.

Those meals at sunset, particularly when photos are posted on social media, can look pretty good, particularly when posted from Momma Chowdry’s kitchen. Asif, I know what you are up to 8-)

Charity is another of the five pillars and is even more important during Ramadan. Fasting does focus the mind and particularly on the many in our own prosperous society, having to use foodbanks like never before. The Trussell Trust is the largest food bank network in the UK, and it handed out around 41,000 food packs in 2009/10 compared to 1.2 million in 2016/17.

Most social housing providers I work with, have a cardboard box in their kitchen to collect packets and tins for local foodbanks. Most towns sadly have and need one.

It was three years ago when a friend of mine in housing, Nasrin Fazal, connected a few of the thoughts above, and with a few other Twitter followers, #UKhousingFast was born. Read the story here.

Well, everyone can get involved this year on Wednesday June 14th , cut back on the scram and use the savings for a donation on the UK Housing Fast 2017 Just Giving Page -

My pledge plate

If you are unable to fast, but can donate for such a good cause, helping people around the UK get a square meal, drop by the page and let’s be having your dosh. You will be doing a fine thing!

On the 14th June I will be spending the day with these good eggs, already signed up. Why not pose with a plate yourself and join us?

Catch up with the official UK Housing fast blog here.

Related Post: When you break your fast, mind your Smartphone manners 


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