Leonard Stall, Executive Chairman Touchline
I enjoyed speaking at the Ramadan Tent Project’s Open Iftar in London earlier this week, alongside the amazing Rob McGillivray, head of operations for Save the Children's Search and Rescue Boat in the Med.
Thanks to the inspirational and hard work of founder and director Omar Salha and the mainly student volunteers who stage the RTP’s Open Iftar in Mallet St Gardens in Bloomsbury, between 250-450 people attend the gathering to break their fasts every evening throughout Ramadan and, as well as the fabulous home-made food, they also arrange nightly speakers to engage with, and inspire, the audiences.
The Ramadan Tent Project’s volunteers, including ones who are not Muslim, say the project is more than about sharing food: it's about bringing people together from different backgrounds, religions, cultures and lifestyles.
The RTP has been operating for five years and was founded by both Muslim and non-Muslim students at SOAS, University of London. It has attracted huge publicity over the years, and no more so than yesterday (Wednesday June 14) when it stepped in to provide 400 hot food parcels and emergency supplies to the displaced residents of Grenfell Tower in West London, made homeless by the terrible fire.
For the whole project, and to the team involved, the whole Touchline team says ‘mabrouk’ as it chimes with the spirit behind everything we are doing with How to do good.
I talked about the inspirations and sentiment behind our work with both Philanthropy Age magazine, and the book and seven city international author/speaker tour around the How to do good initiative.
Rob meanwhile talked about the remarkable work of Save the Children’s rescue ship in the Mediterranean, which picked up 2,700 people in the sea last year. Of these 400 were children and, sadly, shockingly, 90 per cent of that number were unaccompanied.
You can see, and hear, Rob and I speaking at the Iftar via this link: http://bit.ly/2tnmf71