Jo Cox Foundation and Nax Legacy Foundation organise 'Virtual Iftar'

The digital event aims to help people celebrate Ramadhan whilst adhering to social distancing.

Friday, 1st May 2020, 2:44 pm
Updated Friday, 1st May 2020, 2:45 pm

The Jo Cox Foundation and the Naz Legacy Foundation have teamed up to organise a ‘Virtual Iftar’ to celebrate the work of keeping communities strong during the Covid-19 crisis.

The government’s Loneliness Minister, Baroness Barran, will be among the guests appearing during the event.Other guests include:

· Harris Bokhari OBE, Trustee & Founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation

Kim Leadbeater.

· Very Rev. Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford

· Hitan Mehta from the British Asian Trust

· Fakhera Rehman, More In Common Batley and Spen

· Rev. Mark Umpleby

· Imam Sheikh Irfan Soni

The ‘Virtual Iftar’ will help fill the gap left by the cancellation of many inter-faith events that would have taken place during the month of Ramadhan.

Since 2017 the ‘Batley Iftar’ has been one of the key events in the calendar for the More In Common group in Batley and Spen, the former constituency of the murdered MP Jo Cox.

Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said:“We were very disappointed that the Batley Iftar couldn’t go ahead as planned this year. But at The Jo Cox Foundation we always believe in focusing on what we can do, rather than what we can’t. So, the Virtual Iftar will be our way of celebrating the power of community in times of crisis.

"Everyone is welcome to join in and it is a great opportunity for people to experience an Iftar event for the first time, with something for people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. Whilst this is obviously a very religious event for many, the Batley Iftar is also a real community occasion where people can come together - and even though this can't be in person this year I believe that the virtual Iftar will still create a strong sense of togetherness.”

The event will also include specially written poetry by the Batley Poets and a showcase of artwork submitted by children across the country on the theme of ‘celebrating everything we have in common’ and ‘my favourite meal for breaking the fast’.