06 Jul The 2012 Olympic Games and Ramadan
Ramadan is such a special time of year for Muslims. The Ramadan Festival will be an opportunity for us all to come together – Muslims and people from all faiths or no faith – to spend time, learn about one another and at the same time help others in need.
We are all aware that times are hard for many people. For those of us lucky enough to have food and shelter and a happy family life, it can be too easy to forget that for many people this is not their reality. Great work goes on all year round and we know that the spirit of Ramadan can encourage that even more. Ramadan is for 30 days but we know that the goodwill that is generated will be long lasting after the month itself has finished.
Ramadan is a time of giving, of charity, of sharing, of remembering those in need and reaching out. These are all qualities embodied by the Olympics too and we are excited to be able to combine those at the same time this year. All eyes will be on the UK and especially on London. For most people this will be a once in a lifetime chance to experience the Olympic Games in their own country. And it gives all of us the chance to showcase the fantastic diversity that we celebrate and hold so dearly in Great Britain.
The Ramadan Festival is part of 2012 Hours Against Hate for Unity, a join initiative of London-based community organisations to promote respect across lines of culture, religion, tradition, class and gender. The initiative has been granted the prestigious London 2012 Inspire mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognizes exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games.
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said:
“The Inspire programme is ensuring the legacy of the 2012 Games starts now as projects like the Ramadan Festival, part of 2012 Hours Against Hate, are enabling people in the UK to make positive life changes”
To learn more about the project, click on the flyer below: