PNECET is delivering a month-long Ramadan initiative, throughout April, in partnership with Preston United Youth Development Programme and the Community Gateway Association to support those fasting in Fishwick, Frenchwood and Deepdale with the free provision of fresh dates, water and biryani meals.
As a practising Muslim himself, Diaby spoke of his pride at being involved with the community work and engaging the local Muslim community. He said: “This evening, we gave some food and water to our Muslim brothers and sisters in the street around Preston. I’m very excited to do that for my community, for Islamic people, because when you see their faces, they don’t expect that.
“You stop them and tell them that this is for Ramadan and everyone smiles because Islam is peace and when you see the people doing that, it doesn’t matter if they are Muslim or not Muslim.
The work of the club and the Trust in engaging with ethnically diverse communities is something that Diaby considers ‘special’.
Diaby also offered his time on the evening to open the new multi-faith prayer room on the Sir Tom Finney stand, with its doors being unfurled ahead of the Blackpool fixture.