Bilal El-Hayek is campaigning as the Labor candidate for Bankstown Ward for the Canterbury-Bankstown Council elections to be held on Saturday 9 September 2017. 

“I am very excited to announce that I will be standing on the Labor ticket for the Canterbury Bankstown Council that will be held on the 9th September 2017 alongside the former Mayor of Bankstown Khal Asfour and the wonderful Nahil Chidiac for the Bankstown ward. Thank you for all support you have given me over the years and I look forward to the next 4 weeks of campaigning.”

Tony Burke, Bilal El-Hayek, Jason Claire, Jihad Dib (left to right)

Bilal El-Hayek was born in Lebanon and moved to Sydney with his family in 1999. It was through his part-time job as a martial arts instructor that he found his calling as a community worker.

Human Appeal International Australia, a humanitarian NGO, observed how well he worked with young people and offered him a job running the Orphan Sponsorship Program.

He continued to work with the community through the Lebanese Muslim Association and in 2013 he was approached by The Smith Family to become the Youth Coordinator at Bankstown PCYC – a job he loved.

Bilal is currently a Youth Coordinator at Bankstown Police Citizens and Youth Clubs (PCYC) where he ran Bankstown Families Connect– a project that brought together disadvantaged children and mothers from the local area to participate in different activities three evenings a week, ending with a group dinner.

With targeted activities and therapies, such as speech therapy and sports for the children, the project helps families that may be struggling, especially newly arrived immigrants.

Bila’s Facebook Page, Bilal El-Hayek – Labour Candidate for Bankstown Ward has already received many positive reviews and supportive comments:

Bilal El-Hayek is also a white ribbon ambassador and sits on a committee that organizes the yearly white ribbon march Lakemba which attracts over 2000 people.

Bilal also is involved in the planning of Harmony Family days to bring families of different cultures and religions together to celebrate Multiculturalism.

Bilal El-Hayek (centre) joins Khal Asfour (right) and Nahil Chidiac (left) as the Labor Candidate for Bankstown Ward.