Australian Relief Organisation (ARO) held a breakfast meeting of its staff, volunteers and guests on Saturday 20 February at its Auburn headquarters in order to load a 40 foot container with clothing, shoes, toys school equipment and home-ware headed for the underprivileged of Papua New Guinea.

More than 55 guests were welcomed by the MC, Mr Rifat Akpinar, ARO Advisor and the President of ARO, Ahmet Aydogan who opened the breakfast meeting.

The guest of honour Mr Kerim Balci, Editor in Chief of the Turkish Review, a bimonthly journal who stressed the importance of altruism and how charitable services should be cherished by donors so they can enjoy the concept of giving.

Cihan Tumen, Chief Executive Officer of ARO shared the organisations past achievements including distribution of qurban meat to needy people, digging of  water wells in Cambodia and Tanzania etc. (To donate towards a water well visit http://aro.org.au/ongoing-project-donations/)

ARO has arranged a number of cataracts surgeries as part of its overseas cataract campaign. Individuals can donate $200 and sponsor a surgical operation to on eye of a cataract patient.

Locally ARO recently initiated its Refuge Support Services in partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI). This project is developed to tackle social exclusion of newly arrived refugees into Australia by organising tours of Sydney City and the Blue Mountains in order to create a friendly environment for them.

The President of ARO later distributed plaques to honour those who supported ARO’s activities: Choppers Transport and Martin Bencher and a certificate of appreciation to the donor Kagan Korkman for cataract surgery.

ARO’s achievements between 2013 – 2015 have included:

  • Establishment of community kitchen projects to feed 70 homeless in 20 countries.
  • Socialisation with 600 nursing home residents by our volunteers’ visits.
  • Emergency clothing to 12,000 flood survivors.
  • Establishment of 32 wells that provide clean water to 16,000 people every day.
  • Establishment of 3 orphanages for 187 children.
  • Cataract surgery on 56 patients who regained sight.
  • Qurban meat to 552,000 people
  • Iftar dinner to 33,000 people.
  • emergency financial aid to 32 afflicted families.