Author: Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas

Interfaith Ramadan Dinner: Month of Compassion

An Interfaith Ramadan Dinner – “The Month of Compassion” was hosted by Al Siraat College and proudly supported by City of Whittlesea with an attendance of almost 100 guests on Thursday 24 May. It’s heartwarming to see that every Ramadan now we see more and more communities across Australia gather in acknowledging Islamic traditions and culture through interfaith events.  These platforms are a great way to strengthen community ties, network and build community resilience.   The event was MC’ed by student alumni Sumaya Mahad Ali and was attended by representatives from several community groups including Brotherhood of St Laurence,...

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Victoria Premier’s Ramadhan Dinner: Contribution & Belonging

Studded with Muslim celebrities, almost 500 people including Muslim community leaders, members of parliament, councillors, commissioners from Victorian Multicultural Commission and movers and shakers who have served our communities, this year the Premier’s Ramadhan Dinner was the largest ever, held on Monday 21 May 2018 at the glamorous Sofitel Melbourne. The sound of the blessed athan (call to prayer) echoed across the beautifully decorated hall, voiced by non other than our very own football favourite Bashar Houli following the moving recitation of the Noble Quran by a young man Abdirahman Hassan. The event with the theme “Contribution & Belonging”...

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House fire destroys Saleh family home

Imagine one day going to pick up your children from school and by the time you come back home, in a matter of 45 minutes, the house and all your belongings have been engulfed by flames and you suddenly find yourselves homeless.    This is exactly what happened to the Saleh Family.  On the afternoon of Tuesday, 24 April 2018, the Saleh family lost everything and returned home to find police and fire brigade crew around their home.  Their beloved cat perished in the fire.   The fire is not thought to be suspicious and at this stage, a...

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Shoebox4Syria: Eid gifts for children

There’s a buzz in the air as families across Australia prepare gift boxes for children in Syria as a part of the Shoebox 4 Syria drive. This month the Al Siraat College community was featured on SBS ONE news for the overwhelming response they received from across Victoria after advocating for this incredible initiative. The positive media coverage on SBS featured a video of hundreds upon hundreds of gift boxes filling up the assembly hall and various school room, labelled and ready to be shipped off in a container to Syria. The gift boxes will arrive in time for...

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The Year of Gambling Harm Awareness

There is a multi-billion dollar empire in Australia built on tears and suffering and the deaths of thousands of people, many who reside in high-ethnic, low socio-economic regions. It’s no secret that the gambling industry is strategically placing more gaming machines at venues in densely populated Melbourne’s north and western regions targeting the most vulnerable members of our community. The effects of gambling addiction are evident in the higher prevalence of family violence, crime and substance abuse in these regions. There has never before been a greater urgency for our communities to raise awareness of the gambling harm epidemic....

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