Friendships formed at dinner

Courtesy of The Torch - 9/9/2009

Friendships formed at dinner

torch_09092009_dinnerABOUT 100 Housing NSW tenants from Punchbowl and the Inner West joined their Muslim neighbours for an iftar dinner as part of the holy month of Ramadan last week.

The event was hosted by the Canterbury Harmony Group and Punchbowl Multicultural Tenants Group, with the support of Canterbury City Council and Housing NSW, to celebrate the month of fasting and interfaith harmony. Dr Zachariah Matthews from Punchbowl’s Australian Islamic Mission (AIM) began the feast with an explanation of the daily religious obligations practiced by Muslims.

Canterbury deputy mayor and head of the Multicultural Access Program at Riverwood’s Tenant Resource Service Karl Saleh, said this is the fourth year they hosted the event and again it was a success.

“Those attending the dinner left feeling not only content from having enjoyed a wonderful meal but with a new warmth that comes from making friends,” he said.