Fasting while helping others eat: Ramadan fundraiser in Gander

Source: CBC News

By Leigh Anne Power,

Hassan Malik has lived in Gander only since November, but he’s already making a difference in the community.

Malik, the chief engineer at the local Canadian Forces base, is an Ahmadiyya Muslim. Part of his faith is the belief in serving others.

“We’re always taught to put our faith and our country first,” he explained. “It’s something we were exposed to at a young age because our parents were doing it as well. I really wanted to continue that in Gander.”

Malik decided to focus on the Gander and Area Food Bank, so he’s spending the holy month of Ramadan raising money for the charity.

“What I found interesting, I was reading an article from last year about food banks. They apparently had empty shelves at this time last year. We wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again,” he said.

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