Back to the Futures IMO fundraiser to help area youth-
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2015
TORONTO–The International Muslims Organization (IMO) welcomes the community, our partners and the Media to a
fundraising dinner to help with the extension of our mosque to better serve worshippers and help area youth.
Etobicoke-area MPs Judy Sgro, Kirsty Duncan, MPP Shafiq Qaadri and Toronto Deputy Mayor Vince Crisanti will be in attendance at a fun-filled, family-oriented formal event to take place on Sunday May 31, at 5 p.m. at the at Woodbine Convention Centre, 30 Vice Regent Blvd., in Etobicoke.
Dr. Munir El Kassem (above), a well-respected and popular Muslim Chaplin, will be the keynote speaker at the event that is called Back to the Futures. There will also be performances by World-renowned Nasheed artist, Junaid Jamshed.
The IMO is hoping to raise about $400,000 to complete Phase 1 of its building renovation project, that will cost about $1.7 million.
When fully completed the 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art addition will contain two professional basketball courts, electronic scoreboard, retractable seating, weight and fitness area, sauna, two washrooms and change rooms.
The facility will be staffed with coaches and trainers and is accessible to local schools and the community.
IMO President Omar Farouk said a new gym will attract young people from the Rexdale
area who are interested in sports, that includes basketball workshops and tournaments.
“Young or at-risk youth in the area will now have a place to place to play sports,” Farouk says. “The facilities will also be open for use by school and other groups from the area.”
The IMO is one of the largest mosques in Toronto with a congregation of 10,000 worshippers.
The mosque, that is located at 365 Rexdale Blvd., near Islington Ave., will also feature an Islamic school for students from Grades 1 to 8, a library, archives, Islamic museum and Sister’s pray hall and Lounge.
The New Masjid and Community Facilities will have a modern kitchen and cafeteria services; updated minarets and domes; a daycare and kindergarten centre and a community food bank.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 each and are available at the IMO, or its website www.imotoronto.com
A sumptuous five-course dinner will be served in addition to good entertainment and enlightening speeches.
The IMO reconstruction was made possible by the generous support of the community and through a a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the gymnasium.