85 000 fed for Eid-ul Fitr

Rylands-based organisation, Nakhlistan, fed more than 85 000 people in celebration of Eid-ul Fitr on Monday June 26.

More than 150 volunteers worked throughout the night to cook four tons of meat, close to four tons of rice, three tons of potatoes, and one-and-a-half tons of onions and spices, from 7.30pm on Sunday June 25.

The cooking took place on fires at the Callies Rugby Field in Knoll Avenue, Rylands.

A total of 169 pots of akhni, with each pot holding 130 litres, were cooked and shared with more than 85 000 underprivileged people.

Over the past 33 years, Nakhlistan has been feeding the needy and the destitute in all areas of the Western Cape, especially on the day of Eid-ul Fitr.

During the month of Ramadaan, Nakhlistan collects funds for its Eid-ul Fitr feeding scheme in order to provide those in need with a warm plate of akhni.

Among the areas the food were distributed to include Atlantis, Dunoon Mosque, Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Newfields, Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, Valhalla Park, Kensington, Factreton, Garden Village, Netreg, Sherwood Park, Macassar, Ocean View, Vrygrond, St Montague Village, Masiphumelela, Lavender Hill,
Sea Winds, Hill View, Blackheath, Sarepta, Blue Downs, Belhar, Delft, Blikkiesdorp, Mandalay, Hout Bay, Clarkes Estate, Elsies Rivier, Victor Verster Prison, Ruyterwacht, old age homes, Kewtown, Athlone, Mowbray, Uitsig, Chatsworth in Malmesbury, Bishop Lavis, Philippi, Heideveld, Capricorn, Crossroads, Langa, Gugulethu and Nyanga.

Nakhlistan is not state funded and relies solely on donations from the community.

The organisation thanked the community for their generous support.