Windsor University Muslim Students Association (MSA) hosts Fast-A-Thon to assist the SCCH
Windsor University Muslim Students Association representatives partaking in the fundraising dinner
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Over one hundred and fifty (150) students from the Windsor University Muslim Students Association (MSA) gathered at the Copper Chimney Restaurant, in Frigate Bay, for its Fast-A-Thon fundraising dinner.
The Organization recently invited academics to go hungry for one day, so someone else will not have to. Each participant who took part signed pledge cards to abstain from food and drink from dawn until dusk.
At the end of the day, students and staff who participated in the day-long venture were invited to break their fast by having dinner at the Asian Bistro in Frigate Bay.
For the students who fasted, the MSA donated five dollars (EC$5) and for each Professor or Faculty member, twenty dollars (EC$20) on their behalf to St. Christopher’s Children Home (SCCH).
Also complementing the fundraising endeavour were prayers, and remarks by Mr. Usman Hamid, incoming MSA president and Vijay Ahlawat, the past President of the Windsor University Student Association.
The highlight of occasion was an in-depth and thought-provoking speech delivered by Ammar Ali, the outgoing MSA president, who spoke of the impact of the hunger crisis in Africa, and emphasized of the importance of giving to the less fortunate and challenged the attendees continue to give selflessly of their time and services, to make the world a better place to live.
Immediately following the well received presentation, remarks were given by Mr. Sebastian Mottram, Chairperson of the St. Christopher Children’s Home (SCCH), who commended the organizers and expressed words of appreciation for their charitable consideration.
“On my own behalf, and the Board of the St. Christopher Children’s Home, we are very pleased that you have put this activity together. Thank you for your generosity. Our funding to manage the day-to-day operations of the Home comes purely from voluntary donations. Therefore, this bighearted gesture is very much appreciated and will definitely go a long way in helping us continue to meet the needs of our children,” said Mottram.
In response, Mr. Hamid thanked Mottram for his kind words and wished him every success as he continues to make a difference in the lives of children across St. Kitts.
“Thank you for your kind words. We are very pleased to play our part in helping to advance the causes of the St. Christopher Children’s Home. We wish you every success, especially as you broaden the horizons of the children who are in your care,” remarked Hamid.
Also present were several members of the SCCH Board, Ms. Cheryl Wells, Home Administrator, and other students who attended to fully support the venture.
The university based activity was made possible with the Corporate assistance of the RAMS Group of Companies. It coincides with Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
It is the month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual intimacy with their partners during daylight hours and is intended to teach the importance -of patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.