The Muslim community of Canberra dug deep into the pockets and pantry to collect goods for St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) so they could distribute to the capital’s homeless as they bear with cold winter months.
According to Homelessness Australia the ACT has the highest homelessness per capita of any other state (excluding the Northern Territory) – about 50 per 10,000 people. It’s sub-zero winter nights provide a particularly harsh challenge to some of the most vulnerable in society.
To make their lives that little bit better the Muslim community was very active during the later parts of Ramadan and post-Eid to collect canned goods, cereals, blankets and warm clothing across Canberra. In many cases community members donated money so that the goods could be purchased.
Mohammed Ali, President of Forum Australia and the ACT Multicultural Volunteer of Year 2015 was the driving force behind the collection. Together with other volunteers they delivered the goods to Vinnies’ Deakin offices on Tuesday 19 July where the Paul Trezise, Vinnies (Canberra/Goulburn) was on hand with his staff to take in the donated goods.

Paul Trezise (left) with Anneloes de Graeff of Vinnies with Afzal Ahmad, Borhan Ahmed and Mohammed Ali with the donated goods.

Paul Trezise (left) with Anneloes de Graeff of Vinnies with Afzal Ahmad, Borhan Ahmed and Mohammed Ali with the donated goods.