Toronto church and mosque compete to raise funds for Syrian refugees

It’s hard to endorse a contest of religion, what with centuries of spilled blood on the table. But not all competition has animosity at its heart; Rev. Gary van der Meer and assistant imam Ilyas Ally can attest to that.

The religious leaders are leading their respective flocks — van der Meer at the St. Anne’s Anglican Church and Ally at the Islamic Information and Da’wah Centre — in a friendly contest to raise money to sponsor a Syrian refugee family’s resettlement in Toronto.

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