Charity, fundraising and more Ramadan activities in Bahrain
Time Out Bahrain staff
Collecting for charity ‘Make a Difference this Ramadan’ is a charitable campaign hosted at Bahrain City Centre (BCC) for the third year running, in support of various good causes.
From the first day of Ramadan, shoppers can donate basic, everyday essentials such as clothing, books, eye glasses and non-perishable food with all items going to Al Noor Charity Welfare which redistributes them to underprivileged families in the local community. Last year, 62,000 items were gathered collectively at BCC alone and they’re hoping for even more this year. Also at City Centre, kids will love Lewan Ramadan, the Ramadan activity station, with the central galleria being transformed into a Ramadan Village where there’ll be a series of daily children’s activities throughout the month. From Thursday to Saturday youngsters can paint Ramadan-themed ceramics with Studio Ceramics and from Sunday to Wednesday kids can master the art of Japenese paper folding in an origami workshop, make their own telescopes and learn about Ramadan astronomy.
There’ll be daily folklore storytelling and puppet shows, a traditional games corner and a nutritionist on hand to give advice to parents and teach children on how to stay healthy during Ramadan, including fasting tips, foods to eat and nutritional tips.
And on the 16th night of Ramadan, BCC will host a traditional Gergaon celebration to mark the day when children dress up in traditional costume and visit the homes of family to collect sweets.
Bowling for fun Another opportunity to give something back while having some fun comes in the shape of the annual Ramadan bowling tournament which is in its 19th year at the Funland Centre on the Corniche. Organised by Mohammed Fulad, the tournament is played from the first to the 20th day of the Holy Month in memory of the late Faisal Abdulhameed who was a key player at Al Najma Club and on the national bowling team.
Bowlers come not only from Bahrain but also across the GCC to take part in the competition which sees each player going for a trial run of three games. They can shoot as many three-game trials as they please, with around 60 taking place each day. The top-scoring 24 will advance to the final with prize money totalling $11,000 up for grabs across the finalists. Anyone can take part and don’t worry if your bowling skills aren’t up to much, there’ll be handicap points according to the different skills levels. The whole event is aimed at raising cash for charity through both personal and corporate sponsorship and you can go along and just spectate and make a donation if you fancy it.
Bowlers can register at any time throughout the tournament at the Funland reception desk. For more details call (17 292 313).
Food for good Check out Crowne Plaza and at Seef Mall there’ll be a Ramadan tent (more details on p15) at which for five days from July 25-30, a percentage of takings will go to Bahrain Cancer Society and there’ll also be the chance to win great gifts from the mall’s stores.
Ongoing efforts You can also do your bit for Ramadan throughout the year with the Palm Association, which runs the Feed a Family project getting essential food items to 155 of the island’s poorest families. Call (39 967 896) for details. This year’s Holy Month donations have been supported by the Round Table of Bahrain which runs the Bahrain Marathon Relay. (39 202 064).