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More people contributing to President's Challenge Charity Briyani

More companies, bodies and individuals have come forward to contribute -- in kind and cash -- to the annual President's Challenge Charity Briyani. Into its 13th year, this ground-up initiative represents the collective efforts of all mosques in Singapore to contribute to President's Challenge fund.

SINGAPORE: More companies, bodies and individuals have come forward to contribute -- in kind and cash -- to the annual President's Challenge Charity Briyani.

Into its 13th year, this ground-up initiative represents the collective efforts of all mosques in Singapore to contribute to President's Challenge fund.

This is the third year President Tony Tan Keng Yam attended the Briyani lunch at Khalid Mosque in Joo Chiat.

President Tan also gave away tokens of appreciation to corporate donors who have contributed in cash and kind to the preparation of the briyani.

This year out of the 25 companies, bodies and individuals, about half are non-Muslims. They include the Taoist Federation of Singapore and Loyang Tua Pek Kong.

Proceeds of the sale of the packets of charity briyani, which begins on Saturday, goes to the President's Challenge Fund. The total amount collected includes the special collection during Friday prayers.

On average, contributions to the President's Challenge Fund by the Muslim community amount to more than S$100,000 each year.

For the first time, a group of Mosque leaders from the pioneer generation were invited to the lunch.

Allaudin Mohamed, chairman of the Khalid Mosque, said: "So you see in that spirit, that the Singaporean community have gathered among us, all the barriers of our race, religion and culture are broken.

"This is a new era and a new way to embrace each other in a community like ours -- where we have all kinds of people, all kinds of cultures, together in one island, Singapore, which is our home." 

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