Kindhearted Seven Kings mum ensures no one misses out on Eid celebrations
PUBLISHED: 10:19 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:34 12 September 2017
An annual community Eid fair designed to help those in need was a total success, according to its organiser.
Zarina Choudhury, 37, of Seven Kings, was inspired by charities such as The Salvation Army, which organise special events around Christmas for families in need.
At St Luke’s Hall on Baxter Road, Ilford on September 1, attendees enjoyed the opportunity to enjoy some food, have henna applied and enjoy party games.
This is the second time that the community fair has run and next year Zarina said she would like to invite other communities to pitch in and ensure no families in hardship miss out.
She said: “I want to celebrate Eid by bringing joy and happiness to families and individuals in hardship on this special day.
“The event went well. We had about 30 children from families in hardship attend and I’ve had positive impact from families who attended.
“I wanted to reach out to families and individuals in hardship who might not be able to celebrate and enjoy Eid the way others can.
“Just like Christmas is a time of giving and showing compassion for others, Eid is also a time of giving and showing compassion for others.”
The event was open to people of all faiths and Zarina has plans to make it even bigger and better next year.
She said: “I love being a mother, I love children and I love bringing joy and happiness to as many children as possible so I wanted to make Eid special and fun for little ones.
“I wanted to give to our community and reach out to those in hardship who are on our doorstep
“We welcome not only Muslims but people of all faiths and those not following any faith.
““We had non Muslims attend both years and they enjoyed the event.”
She added: “I want to start a snowball effect and get other communities in other areas to do this on Eid days too.
“Most faiths teach their followers to help others and even if you don’t follow a faith, natural human instinct drives you to help others. It’s innate.
“Therefore there is definitely a need for something like this London and UK wide. There will always be families in hardship everywhere.”
Zarina thanked her sponsors La Gateau, Kazzas Cupcake Emporium, Little Box of Goodies, Bhangra Beat Restaurant in Woodford, Irums Sweets & Treats and S Beautique.