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Hari Raya brings out spirit of giving

Various efforts across the island were made to help the needy over the Hari Raya holiday on Monday.

SINGAPORE: Hari Raya brought out the spirit of giving in some, as various efforts were made to help the needy over the holiday on Monday (July 28).

Bangladeshi workers here have been flocking to local mosques not only to break fast together, but also to lend a helping hand.

At Angullia Mosque on Serangoon Road, 50 per cent of its volunteers are Bangladeshi workers, which comes as no surprise since they make up 90 per cent of its congregants. These workers are involved in everything from preparations for breaking fast to cleaning up.

One volunteer, Mr Mohd Minhaz, said: “We try to service all the people here, from giving them seats to showing them the place. And we try to give everybody food.”

The same was observed at En-Naeem Mosque, where 30 per cent of volunteers are foreign workers. Volunteers not only assist in preparations for breaking fast, but also wake up in the wee hours to prepare pre-dawn meals for congregants performing their late-hour prayers.

Meanwhile, 96 children from 35 needy families struggling with drug addiction were given money to buy new sets of baju kurong (Malay traditional outfit).

They were taken on Monday morning to First Lady store in Tanjong Katong Complex, where each child could purchase outfits costing up to S$70. The initiative was fully sponsored by an informal social group called Rock Selenger Kids RSK, and organised by Persatuan Sang Nila Utama, a new association.

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