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Blackburn Youth Zone are pleased to announce ‘The Saffron Group’ as the proud sponsor of their virtual Great Big Iftar. The Saffron Group, who are based in Blackburn, are backing this initiative which consists of Lancashire businesses and leaders. They have sponsored the campaign to celebrate diversity across the borough as this is a way that brings communities and businesses closer together.

Iftar gives the opportunity for the community to come together virtually on 6th May to break their fast. With the support of local partners, Blackburn Youth Zone will be giving out 500 food parcels to families across the borough, who will then come together from a multitude of faith groups to celebrate Ramadan virtually. 

The Saffron Group said:

“We are honoured to be sponsoring and supporting such a great community initiative. Following the success of our Fast for One Day, it was humbling to be asked to sponsor the Big Iftar.  Blackburn Youth Zone is extremely passionate about bringing the community together to promote cohesion and relations between communities and we support this. 

The pandemic may have resulted in a stop for us to gather for the Iftar, but this creative initiative is an opportunity for our community to come together, pause, reflect and re-connect.

We ask for the community to support and donate to Blackburn Youth Zone Great Big Iftar.”

At the event, there will be recitals, speeches, readings from the Quran and much more, all leading to the traditional sharing of the Iftar meal. The Big Iftar is a great celebration for people of all faiths, and none, to show their support to our Muslim neighbours. As well as an opportunity to gain an insight into Islam and religious practices that may not have been as accessible before. 

Blackburn Youth Zone is now asking for donations to support the campaign to ensure they can give food parcels out to over 500 community members.

Zaffer Khan, Interim CEO at Blackburn Youth Zone said,

“We are thrilled that our friends at The Saffron Group are sponsoring our initiative The Big Iftar. The Saffron Group is a well-respected group of business leaders and we are humbled of their participation in our community cohesion project. They, like us, are passionate about their town and its diversity. This event will see the coming together of all communities including young people to illustrate the strength of community in Blackburn with Darwen.”

For more information about the campaign please contact Melanie Thomas at Blackburn Youth Zone on 01254 292000 or Or if you would like to take part in the event please contact