Arabian Nights descended on Pipers’ Heath Golf Club November 5, 2017. It was the theme for a first annual fundraiser benefit – ting the Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF).

The fundraiser was part of the Muslim Legacy Initiative, a project launched by Dr. Rabiya Azim, and Azim Rizvee in support of the Milton District Hospital expansion. “What we do today will directly impact the future of our children and the generations to come,” said Dr. Azim. The couple pledged $1 million over five years. The pledge was part of MDHF’s “Our Home, Our Hospital” fundraising campaign.

The night started with a cocktail reception, and included a dinner, and dance from the “Arabian Nights” Dance Troop. There were speeches from Shakyh Riad Ouarzazi on the importance of charity in Islam, and Mohammad Fakih. Fakih owns the food chain Paramount Fine Foods, and has been doing charitable work with Syrian refugees. He visited one of the refugee camps where he saw the lengths people were going in order to survive; kids shivering with cold, and blankets covering off toilet facilities.

“You feel like there is a need to do something, and cutting a cheque isn’t good enough”. He gave 400 refugees a first job when they arrived in Canada in his restaurants.

He believes that compassion is the result of combining empathy with action. “You support our healthcare system not a sick care system. To make sure the facilities are available when they’re needed,” Fakih said. Money raised will go to the local shansion such as equipment.

The evening raised $325,000, for the MDHF. Yousef German and his family own Bay homes, and donated $250,000. They consider it a privilege to give to the campaign. “When we work towards a common goal for the good of the people, we will achieve greatness and leave a momentous legacy,” German said in an email statement. For more information on the MDHF visit their website: www.mdhf.ca

Imran Inaamdar, and family committed $50,000 to the cause. “Giving back to the community is an integral part of our family. We were excited to hear that our dear friends, Azim Rizvee and Dr. Rabiya Azim, continue to be involved with MDHF’s fundraising initiatives. We are also passionate about positively impacting our communities and we’re fortunate to be a part of this project.” Inaamdar said.

Mobeet Khan is a family friend of the Rizvees. He realizes the importance of raising money for MDHF. “You’re helping people. Not a community, or an area. You’re helping people, and that’s the most important thing,” he said. Halton Healthcare runs hospitals in Milton, Oakville, and Georgetown. Hospital funding relies heavily on the community fundraising through foundations such as MDHF.

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