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Big virtual Get Together planned for Iftar in Milton Keynes

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As a college, we love supporting and being involved in community events, which is why we jumped at the chance to be a part of the ‘Great Get Together Iftar’; a virtual event being held in Milton Keynes on Sunday 25th April 2021. Everyone in the community will be welcome to share a virtual Iftar; the meal served at the end of the day during Ramadan to break the day’s fast.

Great Get Together Iftar Event

Organised by Trubys Garden Tea Room and hosted online by Milton Keynes College, the event will see a multitude of faith groups joining the Muslim community, including Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. All will come together to celebrate Ramadan, with music and poetry, speeches, recitations from the Quran and much more to be enjoyed, all leading to the ceremonial sharing of the Iftar meal.

Trubys was founded in 2014 as an outreach project to promote interfaith dialogue between Muslims and the wider community of Milton Keynes, in particular, to give non-Muslims the opportunity to experience and observe the spirit of Ramadan.  The Iftar event has been running since 2017 as part of the nation-wide Great Get Togethers campaign organised in honour of Jo Cox, the MP murdered by a white supremacist.

This year’s event will have the particular aim of sharing experiences of lockdown and bringing messages of hope for the future.  A week before the Iftar, it’s also planned to distribute Ramadan Food Hampers to a hundred vulnerable families in the city.  Nominations for those who will receive the gift have come via referrals from The Red Cross (refugee families), African Diaspora Foundation, Syrian Refugee Families and others.  Anyone who wishes to make a donation towards the hampers can do so by visiting this page.

Event organiser, Kurshida Mirza, says,

“I’m delighted to be working with our partners to invite the communities of Milton Keynes to the Great Get Together Iftar.  It is such a privilege to be able to share the beauty of Ramadan with the wider community.  The essence of the Great Get Together Iftar remains ‘we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us’ as our collective experience of Lockdown demonstrates.”

Community Engagement Manager at Milton Keynes College, Rebecca Myrie, is on the organising committee and she says,

“Milton Keynes College is proud to support The Great Get Together Iftar that celebrates and strengthens our diverse community.  We have seen the event grow and develop since it first started in 2017 and are excited to be part of it in 2021.  The ethos behind the celebration is particularly important as we cope with the global pandemic.  Sharing messages of hope and positivity help us to connect, reducing isolation and increasing understanding for the people of Milton Keynes.”

If you would like to join the event it would be great to see you there! Please click the link below to register.