Holiday event round-up
December was a busy month for the cast of Little Mosque. From meet-n-greets, to food drives, to concerts, the cast was on-hand to spread the holiday cheer. Here's a look back at some of the highlights.
"Little Mosque Meets Big Mosque" Event, Friday December 12
The stars were truly out on the night of Friday December 12, 2008, when Scarborough's Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) and the 163rd IIT Scout Group welcomed celebrities to their halls for the "Little Mosque Meets Big Mosque" event.
However, Little Mosque cast members Derek McGrath (Reverend Magee) and Manoj Sood (Baber Siddiqui) were not the only stars at the IIT that night. The 163rd Scouts were stars themselves, as well as the many congregants of IIT who partnered with Little Mosque to collect food for CBC's annual Sounds of the Season Winter Food Drive in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank.
"Bring A Can If You Can" Campaign, Eid el-Adha | Monday, December 9
The turn out was incredible at the prayers for Eid el-Adha at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
Manoj Sood (Baber) flew into town to meet and greet fans, along with fellow cast member Derek McGrath (Reverend Magee). The event raised over 500 pounds of food donations! And the two actors got a severe case of writers cramp during the autograph signing!
CBC's Sounds of the Season Event | Friday, December 5
Cast members of Little Mosque on the Prairie were on hand to meet their fans and be part of CBC Toronto's Sounds of the Season event. Special thanks to Sheila McCarthy, Deb McGrath, Zaib Shaikh, and Arlene Duncan for pitching in. And, of course to Neil Crone, who was unable to attend due to a hockey injury. How very Canadian!
Also, we'd like to give a special shout out to some of the Little Mosque crew. Since we wrapped production back in September, many of them have obviously gone on to other shows. Some of them caught wind of what we were doing and decided to put together some money, and three big boxes of food, and bring it down to the event. Naturally, the gift-bearer was none other than Marc "Craft" DeNuzzo—our on-set Italian mamma who makes us "eat, eat!" (And who faithful readers of this blog will have "met" before). Our sincere to Marc and the whole Little Mosque family.
Last but not least, we would like to thank one of the show's consultants Anwaar Syed. He spoke on the radio, explaining how the Muslim community works to raise food and money for the Daily Bread throughout the year. Charity is, after all, one of the pillars of Islam. He and Hajara Kutty, the other consultant on the show, have been instrumental in pulling some of the Muslim organizations together all in the name of this good cause.