The fundraising dinner for the Gungahlin Mosque raised over $100,000 on Saturday 21 April in the nation’s capital, Canberra.
The mosque, which was operational in 2017, needs another $500,000 for its immediate next construction goals.
The fundraising dinner, MC’d by Mohammed Ali, was the culmination of months’ long planning and hard work by a network of dedicated volunteers that gave the event a professional touch.
The Canberra Muslim Community (CMC), which runs the mosque, has a history of well planned and successfully executed events and activities. Since the mosque has been established, these events have become more frequent, to the delight of the community.
In an emotional welcome address by CMC President, Mainul Haque acknowledged the custodians of the land before outlining the achievements and goals of the organisation.
“We are transitioning from transitioning and ongoing construction to operating and managing a multi-ethnic and multi-million dollar organisation,” he pointed out.
He said that the immediate task is to complete the female and male wudu areas, classrooms and a temporary kitchen.
Longer-term plans of extension to the prayer areas, parking community garden, playground, community hall and a youth and sports centre were also outlined.
Imam Adama Konda of the ACT Imam’s Council gave an inspiring speech about the need to establish centres of learning and worship.
This was followed by an uplifting and rousing address by Ustad Muhammad Al Bizry which led to the call for donations – which started coming in slow but then gradually gathered momentum to cross the $100,000 threshold before dinner was served, courtesy of a local restaurant which has long supported such events.