East end comes together for food drive to help homeless
The Vicar of St Paul’s Church, Bow Common recently joined leaders of the East London Muslim community in a display of support for their hugely successful food drive for the homeless charity, Crisis. Organised by Dilowar Khan, Executive Director of London Muslim Aid in Whitechapel, the food drive raised over ten tonnes of food for Crisis, with the bulk of the donations coming from local Muslim congregants.
The Revd Bernadette Hegarty of the neighbouring St Paul’s Church joined the East London Mosque for the food drive, and said:
“Giving to those less fortunate and in need of food and shelter is at the heart of both the Islam and Christian faiths. Both communities have a strong tradition of co-operation in the East End, working through organisations like the Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum to tackle local issues, and I was really pleased to be able to support Muslim Aid and East London Mosque in their amazing work for Crisis.”
The show of solidarity for the work of London Muslim Aid and the East London Mosque comes soon after the launch of #LondonUnited, a new initiative supported by the London Church Leaders which calls on parishes and congregations to share stories of interfaith work on social media in order to challenge the rise in racial tensions which have accompanied the recent vote to leave the EU and ongoing refugee crisis.