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Islam discussed at meeting

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Refugee Project (ASREP) is hosting another community meeting where people will have a chance to learn more about Islam from a local imam.

The meeting will be held at Pleasant Valley Secondary School auditorium on Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. with special guests, Vernon Imam Muhammed William Saleh and his wife, Sana Saleh.

“Imam William will be outlining the history of Islam and explaining the common ties and values shared with Christianity,” said Ron Brinnen with ASREP. “After the presentation, there will be time for a variety of questions. Everyone is invited and all are welcome.”

Brinnen said fundraising for bringing a Syrian family to Armstrong continues and the group has raised some $21,000 of its $35,000 target.

Michelle Freebairn's Grade 8 Health and Careers class at Seaton Secondary School in Vernon adopted the ASREP initiative as its school project.

“Besides researching the refugee issue, they raised over $150, six large bags of clothing and several food gift cards,” said Brinnen.

Askews Foods has also gotten onboard.

Brinnen said a percentage of gift cards purchased at the Armstrong store will go toward ASREP.

The gift cards are in denominations of $50 and $100 and are available at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Brinnen said there will also be a sales booth at Askews at various times. Gift cards will be available at the store Monday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other times will be posted when available.

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