Local television and radio stations along with online newspapers launched a telethon yesterday to raise money for the Islamic Ministry’s mosque fund.
Speaking at a ceremony at the Islamic Centre to inaugurate the fund, Islamic Minister Sheikh Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed said proceeds from the fund would go towards building and renovating mosques in the atolls.
The purpose of the telethon is to raise funds to purchase equipment and begin renovations before the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which begins in July. The telethon is set to continue until next Saturday.
Shaheem added that funds raised so far have been budgeted for the renovation of 17 mosques and proposals have been made to renovate 31 mosques in as many islands.
A family from the capital Male’ donated Rf50,000 (US$3,243) upon request to add a veranda to the island mosque of Alif Alif Mathiveri, Shaheem revealed.
Over Rf2 million (US$129,702) has been donated to the mosque fund to date.