Mississauga agency raises $75,000 to build new Muslim heritage centre

SHAFAQNA - A Mississauga-based organization is speeding up efforts to build a new Muslim heritage centre that will serve the larger community across Peel region.

Ontario Inter-Cultural Community Centre, a not-for-profit agency, raised $75,000 during the past month of Ramadan for its proposed Intercultural Muslim Heritage Centre and to fill the shelves of its existing Mississauga East Malton Food Bank.

“This is great, we really want to thank people for helping us out,” said Rukhsana Asghar, executive director of Ontario Inter-Cultural Community Centre. “We had never tried this before, but this time we got a huge response. It shows people are so much interested in community initiatives.”

She said the money was raised during Ramadan by approaching worshippers in different mosques in Mississauga and Brampton.

Currently the organization and its food bank are operating from the Malton location (7080 Airport Rd.), but search is on for a new building in Peel region to provide all serves under one roof.

“Right now there are many cultural centres, but we want to bring all inter-cultural Muslims together to develop a heritage centre where a collective voice can be heard,” said Asghar.

The new heritage centre plans to have a shelter for women and seniors and services like and family counseling and foster parenting.

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