Fancy a cuppa for a cause? DMU Islamic Society sets up tea stall fundraiser

by Nathan Rodrigues

Calling all DMU students! Are you feeling hungry or just desperate for a drink? Then look no further than the food and drink stall organised by the university’s own Islamic Society.

The stall, which is selling hot teas as well as chocolates, cakes, doughnuts and samosas, will be open until 4pm today and even though the stall is based primarily in Hawthorn Square, they are also going around the campus and other DMU buildings to sell their snacks so make sure you look out for them.

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DMU Islamic Society food stall in Hawthorn Square

The society is participating in Charity Week and all the money raised will be going towards Islamic Relief, to support needy children and refugees in Syria, Bangladesh, Gaza and Europe.

Fahim Razmandeh, 20, who is Vice President of the Islamic Society, believes that their charity work like their stall underpins the Islamic religious values of caring and supporting others, but everyone should be active in making a difference.

Fahim said: “In terms of supporting our events and visiting our stall today, it should be human nature to show kindness and compassion, especially when we see refugees drowning in trying to move for a better life.

“They are our brothers and sisters, dying and suffering so we have to act now to improve their healthcare, education and shelter.”

The food and drink stall is just one of various events that Islamic Society has organised for this week, and in the last few days has raised money through bucket collections, a movie night and cake auction.

The society has participated in Charity Week for a number of years and has gone head to head with other Islamic university societies and centres, but last year came second in the East Midlands area to Keele university.

However, Fahim said the society ‘made a few changes’ this year in introducing new events both taking place this Friday, which includes a FIFA tournament and bucket collections in mosques in Leicester.

He said: “As we just fell short last year, we thought of new events and we are fully confident of beating last year’s target.

“Regarding whether we do well against the other Islamic centres and groups, we will just have to wait and see.”

For more information about their stall and upcoming events organised by DMU Islamic Society, you can follow the society via: https://twitter.com/dmuisoc

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