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A Toronto business is covering the cost of funerals for Quebec's shooting victims

DH Toronto Staff Feb 01, 2017 12:13 am 785

A local business is covering the cost of mosque reconstruction and funeral rights for victims of Sunday night’s shooting in Quebec.

GTA-based Middle Eastern restaurant chain, Paramount Fine Foods, reached out to Islamic Relief Canada and confirmed their commitment to support the community in Quebec, according to a press release by Islamic Relief Canada.

“We were all shocked when we heard the news of the shooting. I wanted to help and today I am committed to making sure the funding for the reconstruction of the mosque is taken care of as well as all the funeral costs for those killed,” said Mohamad Fakih, Paramount Fine Foods CEO, in the release.

On Monday, Islamic Relief Canada, described as “an international aid and development charity that aims to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poorest people”, launched a campaign to help the families of the victims. The online crowd funded project has raised over $125,000 in just two days.

“Our teams are in Quebec supporting the mosque, the people affected and the victims’ families. We’ve had an overwhelming support from Canadians wanting to help in whatever way they can,” said Zaid Al-Rawni, of Islamic Relief Canada. “This commitment from Mohamad Fakih will go a long way in rebuilding the mosque and keeping the community together after such a tragedy.”

Paramount Fine Foods began as one Middle Eastern restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario and is now the fastest growing Middle Eastern Food chain in Canada. Besides the GTA, Paramount Fine Foods can be found in Edmonton, and a Vancouver location is set to open soon on Robson Street.

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