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April dinner to bring Afghan refugee couple to P.E.I.

['Said, left, and Sara Sadat show their traditional Afghani cuisine in their new restaurant at 223 University Avenue during their opening Wednesday night. After being forced out of their previous Grafton Street location and worrying whether they could continue the restaurant, the couple is now looking ahead to a promising future at a new site.']
Said, left, and Sara Sadat

Sara and Akbar Sadat, with the help of an enthusiastic group of friends, is offering what has turned into a monthly dinner at Sadat’s Cuisine.

The March dinner was enjoyed by more than 85 people, and most of them asked about more dinners — for themselves and for friends.

As a result, another fundraising dinner is on Saturday, April 28, 6-8 p.m.

Money raised will support the immigration of a pair of refugees — Sara Sadat’s parents — who were forced to leave Afghanistan and have been living for months in Turkey. They are expected to be making the move to P.E.I. in the fall.

The full, multi-course meal — appetizer, salad, main, dessert, plus tea/coffee, with the choice of lamb, chicken, beef or vegetarian (all Halal) – is $30 with $20 of that going toward sponsorship of the refugees. As well, further contributions are welcome, and any donation of $50 or more is eligible for a tax receipt.

Sadat’s Cuisine is located at 223 University Avenue in Charlottetown. Patrons should phone 902-367-6631 or 902-213-7420 by April 26 to reserve a time and specify the choice of their main course.

Sara and Akbar Sadat have been living in Charlottetown for more than a decade. Their years-long journey here from war-torn Afghanistan took them through Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia and Turkey. Once on P.E.I., they settled, working hard to gain citizenship, build a home and a catering service, ensure their children’s education and support their extended family. They fulfilled a dream when they opened their restaurant across from Holland College and then re-established it in the new location near the corner of University and Euston streets. Conscious of the good fortune which the Island has given them, they give back in a number of ways, including strong support of Habitat for Humanity.

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