20 May 2018
04 Ramadhan 1439
On the 20th of May 2018, IMSSA’s Annual Harmony Iftar for the central division was held at Bishan Active Park. The event was organised by IMSSA’s Central Division Team, Bishan North Community Centre Malay Activity Executive Committee (MAEC), Thomson Community Club Malay Activity Executive Committee (MAEC) and Masjid An-Nahdhah. This event was graciously supported by MESRA, AMKFSC Community Services, Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah, Residents Committee, Neighborhood Committees, Hua Yuan Association, X’clusive Kembara Amal and our official drink sponsor Marigold.
This event was graced by Minister for Manpower and Second Minister Home Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo and Grassroots Adviser Mr Saktiandi Supaat.
Iftar food for the day was Fried Macaroni, Samosa, Corn custard pudding, Kueh lapis, Dates, Grapes, Porridge along with Jeera (Cumin) Rice and Chicken sambal for the Sahur (Pre-dawn meal). Our drink sponsor for the event, Marigold, generously sponsored Marigold UHT Milk and Peach Lemon drinks for all 3000 participants gathered. Children aged 9 and below had their own break of fast meal comprising of Burger, Nutella tart, Kueh lapis, Dates & Grapes.
Besides preparing meals for the participants at the Iftar, nearly 800 porridge and packed food was also distributed to the IMSSA Hot meal beneficiaries at Sin Ming, Ang Mo Kio and Yishun. 400 packets of food were distributed to Blks 26 and 410 at Sin Ming Avenue. Not only that, a group of our IMSSA volunteers also went to blocks in Ang Mo Kio to distribute packed meals and porridge to the elderly and needy families there. 250 packets of food were distributed to the less fortunate families in Blks 123 & 125 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6. Also, 120 packed meals were also distributed to the less fortunate families at Yishun. This strongly demonstrates the importance of showing Rahmah (blessings of mercy) to one and all regardless of race and religion. This food distribution segment had been meaningfully planned so as to extend a helping hand especially to those in need. Through such efforts, we hope to play our part in strengthening the bonds in our community by actively working to bring different groups together. Moreover, food was also supplied to congregants who came to break their fast at Masjid An-Nahdhah and Masjid Darul Makmur.
Preparation for all the meals began a day earlier, where drinks for the event, spices and vegetables for cooking being delivered, decoration of the venue was put up and coverage by the media team had kick started. On the actual day of event, work started right after the pre-dawn meal for the cooking team, starting with preparation for porridge. Right after all the food was cooked, various group of volunteers started packing food into their respective food compartments right away. Once all items were packed, the food were laid out on the tables set for guests.
Invited guests started arriving from 6 p.m. onwards, despite the showers in the late afternoon. Many of them were delighted by the wide spread of food set for break of fast and were eagerly awaiting the break of fast time. At 7.08 p.m. the call for break of fast was made and all the guests, participants and volunteers from different races and religion joined together in the breaking of fast.
This is the true spirit of Ramadan – to give and share – and the true Singaporean spirit of celebrating our multicultural society!