The Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth, FAMSY marked its 50th year of operation with a special anniversary dinner held on Sunday 30 November, at Laila Reception, Melbourne.
The organisation began with the establishment of the Muslim Student Association of Queensland (MSAQ) in 1964 and the formation of the Australian Federation of Muslim Students Association (AFMSA) in 1968.
More than 500 guests attended the event including a variety of community members, FAMSY alumni and current members, the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV), Muslim Legal Network (MLN), World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Human Appeal International (HAI), Australian Islamic Mission (AIM) as well as representatives from Islamic organisations throughout Melbourne.
Guests were taken on a journey across the decades with an exploration of FAMSY’s past, its transformation through the years and its inclusive vision for the future.
Guest speakers included Fadlullah Wilmot, former President and Secretary of AFMSA, Silma Ihram, former Secretary of AFMSA, Dr Seyed Sheriffdeen, former National President of FAMSY and Mohammad Helmy, former President of FAMSY Victoria.
Honorary awards were presented to each speaker as well as long-term sponsors and supporters including MCCA, ICV, Newport Islamic Society, WAMY, HAI and AIM.
Looking towards the next 50 years, FAMSY hopes to further expand and strengthen its operations amongst students and youth. The organisation intends to continually support and inspire Muslim youth by providing increased opportunities for youth to truly ‘learn by leading’.