A Charity Mela

by on 2 April 2019

"The generosity of the Memon Community is legendary. So is their spirit."

The Charity Mela hosted by the ladies wing of WMO North India Chapter was testament to the magnanimity and benevolence of the Memon tribe.

The purpose of the event was to provide sustenance to our less fortunate brothers and sisters during the upcoming month of Ramadan. "We wanted to combat poverty and support families during the holy month. Afford them the rare luxury in Ramadan to rest, fast and pray rather than worry about getting food on their table or save money to buy Eid clothes for their children" states Mrs. Raziya Chashmawala who is the driving force behind the thoughtful initiative.

A plea to donate towards the cause was made a couple of months prior to the event and the response was overwhelming. Not only did the local Memon Community step up to the plate but contributions came in from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Japan, Africa, Middle East, UK, North America and Canada. Clothes, utensils, stationeries, toys, home furnishings, appliances and groceries poured in from all corners of the globe until an entire floor was packed to the rafters.

On the 31st of March, Maa Hoor Bai Community Hall in Central Mumbai opened its doors to welcome members of the marginalised section of society. All the contributions were neatly placed on more than 50 stalls and marked to assist the needy in picking up their requisite requirements.

The crowds grew in number as the day progressed with more than a thousand recipients walking away with a smile on their face and a few items in their hands. All goods being whisked away from the stalls in record time but nobody returned empty handed.

We are eternally grateful to our donors for their immense support towards the cause. May Allah Swt always bless you with abundance. We are indebted to our volunteers for managing the crowds and meticulously organising the mega event. It was a collaborative effort of WMO, AIMJF, Sewa, Giants and Robinhood Army with many reputed dailies covering the event and the Commissioner of Police gracing the occasion.

Hats off to the three ladies - Mrs. Raziya Chashmawala, Mrs. Fabiha Shadaab Patel and Nazia Yusuf Mistry who are always on the forefront and must be applauded for their relentless humanitarian endeavours to Serve Mankind. May your tribe grow. May they find the strength to stand up and walk tall. And like you...may they never cease to amaze us.

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