DMU hosts first Open Iftar and encourages students to donate unwanted items

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This year, De Montfort University (DMU) will be hosting a multi-faith celebration to promote unity and community cohesion on campus.

DMU Local invites you to their first Open Community Iftar on the 22 May, from 7pm in Hawthorn Square.

Students, staff and the local community are being invited to attend the event, which will be celebrating the traditions of Ramadan and are encouraged to learn about the purpose and benefits of fasting.

The event will have an array of activities and stalls, including charity bake sales, Arabic calligraphy and a space for people to place pledges of unity. There will also be a complimentary feast for guests that will be served at sunset. 

Students from DMU will also be hosting talks at the event, sharing what Ramadan is and their experiences experiences of working with international aid charities such as Islamic Relief.

As part of the Open Iftar event, DMU Local and DSU will be having a donation drive for a local refugee charity, City of Sanctuary.   

We are accepting donations of:

  • Non-perishable foods

  • Toiletries

  • Household items

  • Clothes and shoes

  • Books

  • Pots and pans

Come and learn about the traditions of Ramadan from guest speakers, whilst enjoying a complimentary feast. 

You can bring any of these items to the event, or take to DSU Reception in the Campus Centre, between Monday 6 May 2019 to Wednesday 22 May 2019. Every item donated will help refugee families facing hardship in the city of Leicester. 

Amina Lunat, Public Engagement Coordinator for DMU Local said: “The event is all about bringing the local community of Leicester together. We want to open DMU to the wider community and promote a strong sense of social cohesion.”

If you would like to attend, please RSVP via email to, call 0116 257 7164 or sign up via the Eventbrite link here.




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