By ANISAH ARIF

Crowds gathered last week to celebrate cultural diversity and work done by the local charity Moonlight Trust.

Over 300 people from diverse backgrounds came to together to celebrate the heroic work of the pioneering Moonlight Trust supporting local community initiatives and projects at PKWA.

Over 5,000 people have engaged in community awareness campaigns and actives led by Moonlight Trust’s inspirational founder, Noushin Raja.

The keynote speakers and audience included Shadow Ministers, Tracy Brabin, (Batley & Spen), Paula Sheriff (Dewsbury & Mirfield), councillors, local schools, sports stars, businesses, community and faith champions.

The event featured a spectacular diversity show showcasing presentations, awards, musical performances based on Christian, Jewish and Muslim themes by Mack Studios and Parkinson Lane Primary school from Halifax.

Moonlight Trust is a growing charity founded by Noushin Raja in memory of her brother ‘Moon’ who lost his life in very tragic circumstances at the tender age of 17.  Though the charity was born out of tragedy, today it is known for its tremendous humanitarian efforts and qualities of its projects for supporting those in most need at home and around the globe, especially refugees.  Starting from supporting local food banks, helping the homeless, survivors of violence and persecution the charity has intensified its efforts to helping refugees in Greece, France, Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan and in the Middle-East.

From sponsoring a boat rescue mission at the Aegean Sea of Lesvos, to providing emergency aid such as food, shelter, clothing, sanitation, medical supplies, education and employability skills helping those in extreme poverty, fleeing violence and persecution.

Noushin Raja, stated, ‘‘I believe raising awareness and educating people is what our society needs most.

“When people from so many backgrounds come together to support those in desperate need, the outcome is miraculous and Moonlight Trust is a primary example of this.  We have literally saved, brightened and transformed lives”.

Tracy Brabin, commended, ‘’I find the innovative work of Moonlight Trust truly extraordinary, phenomenal and inspiring for the whole community.  She leads and impacts in an exemplary way to bring people together in order to support those in need”.

Paula Sheriff, added, ‘’Noushin Raja is a tireless campaigner and a real change maker when it comes to reaching out to those in need at home and abroad.’’

For more information, visit www.moonlighttrust.org.uk, you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.