(MIAMI, FL, 05/14/08) – On Wednesday, May 14, representatives of several South Florida Islamic organizations and the Archdiocese of Miami will hold a news conference at a mosque in that city to appeal for funds to aid the victims of the recent cyclone disaster in Myanmar.
Those present will include representatives from the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFL), the Miami Gardens Mosque, the Archdiocese of Miami and other officials. The total amount collected and donated will be publicly announced at a later date.
WHAT: News Conference to Appeal for Aid for Myanmar cyclone victims
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Miami Gardens Mosque, 4305 NW 183rd Street, Miami, FL
CONTACT: CAIR-SFL Executive Director Altaf Ali, Tel: 954-272-0490 or 954-298-8214; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I am very pleased that the local Catholic and Muslim communities are working together to respond in faith, charity and justice to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. The Catholic and Islamic faiths teach that we are to be attentive to the needs of others, “Archbishop John C. Favalora. “This is an opportunity for Catholics and Muslims in South Florida, along with people of all faiths, to work collaboratively to alleviate human suffering and to promote solidarity.”
“The Muslim community in Florida has come together to help the victims of previous natural disasters, and now we must do our part to help the victims of this latest tragedy,” said CAIR-SFL Executive Director Altaf Ali. “We are pleased to cooperate with the Archdiocese of Miami in this effort, as it reminds us that helping those in need is a central tenet in both our faiths.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.