Giving back and breaking barriers

Some of those who took part in the event. Picture by Steve Brown
Some of those who took part in the event. Picture by Steve Brown
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A SHOPKEEPER offered locals a taste of Asian culture recently in a bid to raise money for two young Kirkcaldy sisters diagnosed with cancer.

Shazia Ahmed (30), who runs Victoria News on Victoria Road with her husband, held an Asian event - Chaand Rat- a female get-together selling clothes, jewellery, Henna and other treats, which is held on the last few days of Ramadan.

The event was a sell out with 150 people turning up, raising £500 for sisters Rebekah and Megan Rae who were recently diagnosed with cancer.

Shazia, who is friends with the girls’ auntie, told how the event fitted in with the principles of the Asian festival.

She said: “It was just exciting to get the women together. But rather than just having the event as normal, we wanted to make it worthwhile. The whole month of Ramadan is about giving.

“And we are more than happy to help the girls. Why not give the money to them?

“I have kids myself so I feel for them as a parent, they are so young.

“So we just thought why not do what we can to help out, so it was good to do what we could.”

Rebekah (10) is battling Ewing’s Sarcoma bone cancer, while Megan (12), is fighting B-cell Lymphoma.

Shazia believes the event was a good way of “breaking down barriers”.

She said: “We had Asian women that are starting up businesses selling their stuff and it was good to help them get their names out there.

“It was also just good to show people how we do things.

“We’re trying to extend the Asian community in Kirkcaldy.

“It’s trying to break down barriers between cultures.

“We are all the same at the end of the day and this event shows that.”