At the Toronto Police Friendship Iftar Dinner, our guests were able to experience the centuries old Istanbul tradition of Ramadan Iftar Tent where people come to break their fest and celebrate the Ramadan festivities for 30 days. This year Canadian Turkish Friendship Community (CTFC) have set up the Ramadan Iftar tent to offer public iftar dinners with stage shows for 30 days and have kindly agreed to allocate one day for IDI Toronto and Toronto Police so that they could host community leaders. It was a great experience to break bread with neighbours from many different cultural backgrounds.
At the dinner, IDI Toronto was given Community Service Award 2012 by Toronto Police. Deputy Chief presented the award on behalf of Toronto Police. MP Ted Opitz, and Stephen White, assistant commissioner of RCMP addressed the audience, while MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan presented a certificate of thanks to IDI Toronto.
Wonderful performance of whirling dervishes with traditional live sufi music brought joy to the night.