Havering Islamic Cultural Centre's Eid celebration raises awareness of issues in the borough
PUBLISHED: 13:03 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:02 28 June 2018
Romford's Muslims held their annual Eid celebration to raise awareness for two charities they felt were really making a difference in the borough.
Following the success of February’s Visit My Mosque open day, the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre (HICC) in Waterloo Road opened their doors to their neighbours to raise more than £4,000 for St Francis Hospice and Queen’s Hospital on Sunday, June 24.
Umer Sharif, trustee at HICC told the Recorder: “It went really well, we had a great turnout and the weather was beautiful.
“We held the event not only to raise money for our two charities, but also to increase awareness and introduce people to the issues they cover.
“Some of the feedback we had, was that people hadn’t understood how dire the situation was for the hospital of they weren’t aware what the hospice really does.”
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, deputy mayor of Havering, councillor Michael Deon-Burton and a number of local dignitaries attended the event.
Residents enjoyed various stalls, such as a sweet stand, a henna stall, cakes, ice-cream and face painting.
The HICC will soon have to move from their current location due to redevelopment in the borough, and they are now working with the council to talk through some alternatives and to find an alternative place for the centre.
“We want to show the local community that we’re part of the community, and we prefer that people come and interact with us,” Umer added.
“We want to show big and open the Muslim community is in Havering.”