Arab News: Free Iftar for road users
July 7, 2014
JEDDAH: Afshan Aziz
More than 15,000 iftar meals containing dates, croissant, cupcake, juice and water bottles will be distributed to drivers and street passers during the holy month of Ramadan this year, under a charity initiative launched by the International Islamic Relief Organization, Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) and the Al- Tamimi Market Company.
Under the charity initiative, which is being implemented as part of the flourishing Ramadan programs, a total of 150 iftar boxes are being distributed every day on the streets of Jeddah, Riyadh and Eastern Province.
The organizers have said they have finished all preparations to hand out the Iftar parcels for the whole month of Ramadan to people who get stuck in traffic, main roads and to those who are unable to reach their destinations on time as well as for people who cannot afford iftar.
These free mass iftar meals are distributed with the help of Basmat Amal volunteers in Jeddah, whereas several youngsters are volunteering in different cities.
Yazeed AL Tamimi, Marketing Manager of Tamimi Markets, said “This project is very strong and effective. It is the first time to coordinate with IIROSA to deliver humanitarian services to the community.
Moreover, with several volunteers coming to support this project, it clearly indicates a symbol of engagement and an enhanced sense of volunteerism in the Kingdom.”
Ehsaan Saleh Taieb, acting secretary general of IIROSA said, “This campaign titled ‘Iftar with us’ is among the other Ramadan projects held by usduring the holy month every year. This project is expected to impact ten thousand fasting people across the Kingdom.”
He commended Al-Tamimi Company and the volunteers for coordinating with them and to be a part of the Ramadan free meal campaign.
Ribhi Yahya Arafat, co-founder of Basmat Amal Group, said, “It is great to see Al-Tamimi Company and IIROSA to come up with inventive ways to generate interest in the community into giving back to those less fortunate amongst us.”
“Several volunteers came forward to make this campaign successful as this work is both publicly and religiously gratifying. Moreover, distributing the iftar meal is an effort that strengthens social bonds,” he added.