It was amazing to see so many students, teachers, staff and supportive parents from all backgrounds together in the spirit of sharing and community at our local schools in Sydney during Iftar dinners in the fasting month of Ramadan.
Guests from numerous schools and community groups including those of different faith traditions learned more about each other and shared a meal over warm conversations.
Every year, several Iftars are hosted where Muslims break their fast, together with non-Muslims sharing their meal and unite as a school community.
This experience of coming together is much needed in our time.
On Friday 10 May 2019, with the support of Human Appeal Australia, Unity Grammar College held a very successful community Iftar with around 150 guests on their school grounds.
A night filled with cultural experiences shared amongst guests, the essence of Ramadan was truly felt and the community’s understanding and harmony were clearly presented. Ramadan is very much about sharing food and hospitality with all our fellow brothers and sisters in humanity.
For the third year, Human Appeal Australia sponsored Ramadan Iftar dinner at the Granville South Creative & Performing Arts High School on Tuesday 14 May.
The event was a great success with hundreds of students, parents and teachers from different faiths in attendance.
A range of delicious food was served and everyone enjoyed the evening. About 90 people attended the school’s Community Iftar, including Lynda Jane Voltz MP, Julia Dorothy Finn MP and Glenn Enmore, Deputy Mayor (Cumberland Council).
The Burwood Girls High School that continues to pride itself on inclusiveness and multiculturalism held its Iftar on 16 May starting with a call to prayer followed by buffet dinner.
Students were heavily involved in the organisation of the event, the delicious soup for the Iftar was cooked by school students and the amazing chef, Daniel.
About 100 people attended the school’s Community Iftar, including Mia Kumar, the Principal of Burwood Girls’ High School, Jodi Mckay MP and Jihad Dib MP, Shadow Minister of Education.
Students and staff from Burwood Girls High School raised $1000 to go towards two water wells, a charity program run by Human Appeal Australia and donated in a cheque presented on stage.
It was amazing to see so many students, teachers, staff and supportive parents from all backgrounds together in the spirit of sharing and community.
For the first time in 60 years, Bankstown Girls High school held their first ever school Iftar on Thursday 16 May 2019 and Human Appeal Australia was their proud sponsor.
Members of the Bankstown city council, teachers, police officers, parents, students and all supporters from the community were brought together and broke their fast.
Suada Bilali, Bankstown Girls High School Principal, welcomed guests and acknowledged the importance of sharing a meal together and the amazing work that Human Appeal does for the community.
“At every event I attend, I see Human Appeal Australia, such a reputable charity organisation always there to give a helping hand, absolutely amazing!” said Tania Mihailuk, MP.
School students with their amazing hospitality served up hot cooked meals to all guests. For such successful turnout, Human Appeal Australia as the proud sponsor of the Iftar generates quality leadership for our future generation and inspired individuals to do what is important for the sake of humanity.
Raghda Assoum presented a powerful speech on behalf of Human Appeal Australia about the organisation, what it means to donate towards the neediest individuals of our nation and how any donation can make a difference.
On Friday 17 May Belmore Boys High School held their annual Iftar Dinner to encourage the power of solidarity and tolerance amongst all people.
The event, held on school grounds, invited members not only of the Muslim community but also those of different faiths and backgrounds.
The Iftar started by Athan as a signal for breaking of the fast, followed by Maghreb (sunset) Prayer. Numerous figures attended the event such as Mr Tony Burke MP, Mr Jihad Dib MP, City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor Mr Khal Asfour, Clr Bilal El- Hayek, Clr Nadia Saleh, Ms Hala Ramadan, Principal of Belmore Boys High School, several school principals and many members from the local community.
Tuesday 21 May proved to be a delightful evening at Punchbowl Boys High School Iftar Dinner. The afternoon was really a spectacular event as all members of the community shared a meal by breaking the fast in the holy month.
More than 80 people attended the school’s Community Iftar, including Mr Jihad Did MP, Clr Bilal El- Hayek, Mr Wayne John Pearce OAM, an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach, many school principals and other members from the local community.
A couple of short talks were given by the Principal Mr Robert Patruno and a couple of keynote speakers, each described what Ramadan is about from their own perspective.
Mr Patruno stressed how this dinner helps lead to a better understanding of the many groups and faiths that we all experience each day. Students and staff from Punchbowl Boys High School raised $3000 to go towards a charity program run by Human Appeal Australia and donated with a cheque presentation on the stage.
Human Appeal International Australia is proud to be involved with events that celebrate multiculturalism by bringing people of different backgrounds together in the spirit of sharing and caring.
It truly resembled what the blessed month of Ramadan is all about.