Written by on May 24, 2019

People of all faiths and backgrounds came together as the Big Iftar Luton once again celebrated the diverse communities that make our town a great place to live.

The highlight of the evening was the ‘Making An Impact’ Awards which paid tribute to organisations and individuals from Luton.

Awards were given to the following:

  • Team Luton for their efforts in collecting £70,000 for Children with Cancer. A group of 21 participants in the London Marathon fundraised the amount. Team members Shahed Koyes, Mostaque Koyes, Kamal Hussain and Khudael Ashraf collected the award.
  • Andy Gliddon and Peter Adams from Churches Together, for their work on the ‘We Love Our Muslim Neighbours’ campaign, which was supported by over 30 churches in Luton. Andy and Peter collected the awards.
  • Luton Foodbank volunteers for their hard efforts in supporting the charity’s efforts in alleviating food poverty. Liz Stringer and Paul Turvey collected the award for the charity.
  • Signposts for The Great British Spring Clean, a series of events run around Luton where volunteers from the charity and community members collected rubbish. Gill Peck and the team collected the award.
  • Challney High School for Boys for their record-breaking donation of 10,949 items for the Luton Foodbank. Headteacher Daniel Connor, along with teachers Aabid Khan, Zainul Haque and Kasim Tariq collected the award for the school.
  • Luton Council of Faiths for their work on bringing the community together following the tragic events in New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The award was collected by Zafar Khan and Gulie Butcher.

The celebratory event, which has run for six successive years in the town during the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan, took place in St. George’s Square on Friday 17 May.

Inspire FM, together with Luton Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police, brought together the event which ended with a communal sunset meal to break the daily fast.

Other key partners included The Mall, Luton Culture, Chaul End Children’s Nursery and Luton Foodbank.

Inspire FM Station Operations Manager Mohammed Tariq said: “Luton is such a special place to live and one of the reasons is that our communities respect one another. Events like the Big Iftar Luton make me proud to be a Lutonian.”

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