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Mosque and church communities work together to raise money for world water day

PUBLISHED: 15:59 10 March 2020 | UPDATED: 09:53 11 March 2020

Reverend Andrew Wilson from St John of Jerusalem church and Bashir Uddin from Hackney Central Masjid. Picture: Holly Chant

Reverend Andrew Wilson from St John of Jerusalem church and Bashir Uddin from Hackney Central Masjid. Picture: Holly Chant

Holly Chant

Mosque and church communities worked together on Saturday (February 29) to raise money and celebrate world water day.

All the money collected on the day and later will be donated to international charities Water Aid and Muslim Hands. Picture: Holly ChantAll the money collected on the day and later will be donated to international charities Water Aid and Muslim Hands. Picture: Holly Chant

People from St John of Jerusalem church in South Hackney and Hackney Central Masjid united on a cold, water-filled day outsides Tesco's on Well Street and collected donations for international charities; Water Aid and Muslim Hands.

Bashir Uddin, a representative from the Hackney Central Masjid, said: 'I'm so excited that the church and the mosque are getting together in order to raise money for a very valuable cause - water.

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It means a lot to see the church and the mosque communities coming together because of what's happening around the world and in our neighbourhoods.

People from St John of Jerusalem in South Hackney and Hackney Central Masjid worked together to raise money for UN World Water Day. Picture: Holly ChantPeople from St John of Jerusalem in South Hackney and Hackney Central Masjid worked together to raise money for UN World Water Day. Picture: Holly Chant

There's so much tension [and] misunderstanding going around but this kind of work helps to demystify a lot of misunderstandings between communities - it helps to get ourselves closer to each other and work in harmony to create better communities.'

It's the first of many joint projects planned and the two communities will join forces again on March 21 at New Kingshold Community Centre at 1pm to donate all the money they have raised, have a community feast and drink water.

Reverend Andrew Wilson said: 'It's been really lovely this morning. We were working together, chatting and building up relationships and that's a big part of it. It's a really lovely way to work together for a good common purpose.'

The volunteers raised a total of £356 on the day and members of St John of Jerusalem church and the Hackney Central Masjid will continue fund raising over the next few weeks.

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