To the Members of the Kingston community,
We have come to the end of another Give 30 Campaign in Kingston. August 31 marked our final day of this year’s campaign, which launched with the beginning of Ramadan in April and extended through the summer. For the past 18 months, our community has had to deal with the challenges of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in increased demand for the services of Partners in Mission Food Bank. For the second year in a row under COVID-19, the Kingston community has stepped up to help the increasing number of neighbours who have found themselves in need during these difficult times. On behalf of the Give 30 Kingston Team — including our partners, Dan Irwin and Debbie Graves of Partners in Mission Food Bank — as well as our National Chair and Founder, Ziyaad Mia, we would like to take this opportunity to relay our appreciation to this great community for raising a grand total of $12,116 for Partners in Mission Food Bank through the Give 30 Campaign.
Give 30 was founded in 2012 to bring attention to hunger in our communities and encourage people to support local food banks during the month of Ramadan through Give30.org. The initial focus was to motivate people who are fasting in Ramadan to donate the money they save from skipping meals over the month. But, as emphasized by Ziyaad Mia, people who are not fasting can also take part; donations come from people of all faiths and backgrounds, as we are all part of the same community. Give 30 currently supports 19 major food banks and anti-poverty organizations across Canada, the United States and Australia, which together serve hundreds of thousands of people.
Give 30 is not about a particular group or faith, but about uniting in common humanity, and Kingston has exemplified this again and again. Hunger and poverty know no race, religion, ethnicity, creed, gender, or age, and we should join together as a community to alleviate it.
Thank you for your efforts to ensure that your neighbours do not go to sleep hungry, particularly during this pandemic when many have not been able to work for much of the year. As we end our campaign, we hope that you remember them and make an effort to contribute to Partners in Mission regularly, by donating food, money, or just time to volunteer.
Together, we can help fight hunger.
Mona Rahman & Michael Taylor Give 30 Kingston Campaign Co-Chairs