There has been a surge in the number of Muslim high achievers completing their year 12 in 2020 where an incredible 307 students achieving ATAR of 90 and above were recognised at award ceremonies, organised by Human Appeal Australia (HAA) during the month of March in all major cities of Australia.
The high achieving students were awarded with certificates of achievement and valuable gifts in front of community leaders, politicians and school principals and administrators in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide at the HAA 14th Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards, nationwide.
This year 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of HAA since its formation back in 1991, the same year AMUST multilingual newspaper was launched, where both platforms have partnered together in providing unique, pioneering and essential services to the community in their respective fields, and have been highly successful.
Year 12 students who achieved an ATAR of 90 or above in 2020 were invited to register for the awards from all over Australia and then to be recognised in events in their own state.
The five separate ceremonies started off in Sydney, on Saturday 6 March where 147 students were awarded on the night at The Highline Venue in Bankstown.
The Sydney ceremony was co-MC’d by Omar Al-Jamal and Raghda Assoum and opened with the heart-warming recitation of the Quran by Sheikh Khaled Zrayka before the HSC students were honoured for their hard work, awarded certificates of recognition and were each gifted with an 8th generation iPad.
A video clip showcasing the achievements and the services rendered to the global community of HAA was displayed on the big screen.
Human Appeal Australia’s Director, Bashar Al-Jamal welcomed guests, expressing his delight at the achievements of an increasing number of Muslim HSC students every year.
Mr Al-Jamal talked about the ordeal during the COVID-19 pandemic where he was stranded overseas for months, but availed the opportunity to visit many places for the distribution of HAA aid.
The audience were addressed by a number of guest speakers including Wendy Lindsay, the member for East Hills whilst also representing the NSW Premier and Minister of Skills and Tertiary Education;
The state member for Lakemba Mr Jihad Dib, a former principal and an educationist said that these high achieving students in spite of drawbacks during the COVID-19 year made the Muslim community feel proud for their hard work and a successful outcome.
Encouraging words of praise were also offered by the Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown Khal Asfour along with a member of Human Appeal’s board of directors Mr Mustafa Al-Omari, and Dr Yassir Zaki from Tender Loving Care Disability Services, one of the sponsors of the event.
On Sunday the 7 March 2021, the 14th Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards for the state of Victoria was organised in Melbourne at Laila Reception in Brunswick and was attended by students, members of the community, politicians, school principals, businesses and family members where 81 Students were awarded certificates of recognition and were gifted with iPads.
The ceremony was opened with the amazing recitation of the Quran by Sheikh Alaa Elzokm from the Board of Imams of Victoria.
Human Appeal Australia’s Victorian Branch Manager Rabih Baytie welcomed guests followed by various speeches delivered by Dr Samantha Ratnam, MLC for Northern Metropolitan and the Leader of the Victorian Greens; Islamic Council of Victoria’s President Adel Salman; Deputy Chair of Victorian Multicultural Commission Bwe Thay; the Hon David Hodgett, Shadow Minister for Education; Prof Akhtar Kalam, Chairman of MCCA; Dr Yasser Zaki from Tender Loving Care Disability Services while the keynote speech was delivered by Dr Ashraf Chehata, an orthopaedic surgeon.
In Brisbane the event was held on Saturday the 13 March, honouring 36 students at the Michael’s Oriental Restaurant & Function Centre and was attended by students along with their parents/guardians, members of the community, politicians and school principals.
The event was MC’d by Dr Mustafa Ally, OAM with a heart-warming welcome from Bashar Al-Jamal, Director of Human Appeal Australia.
The audience were also addressed speeches from Ali Kadri, CEO of Islamic College of Brisbane; Mrs Helen Kenworthy, Department of Education; Dr Abid Majid, Secretary of Islamic Medical Association of Queensland; Habib Jamal, President of the Islamic Council of Queensland; Galila Abdelsalam OAM, CEO of Islamic Women’s Association of Australia and The Hon Cameron Dick, MP, Treasurer and Minister for Investment.
The Hon Cameron Dick, MP, Treasurer and Minister for Investment at Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards 2021 Brisbane.
On 14 March 2021, 27 Muslim High achievers celebrated their achievement of scoring ATAR of 90+ in Perth. The event that was organized by the team members of the WA branch of Human Appeal Australia conducted at Duxton Hotel and hosted the Deputy Mayor of Canning, Cr Jesse Jacobs as well as the Councillor of Canning Cr Yaso Ponnuthurai.
The highest student in WA Afiq Abdillah Effiezal Aswadi received an impressive score of 99.85 in his ATAR.
The event was well received by the attendees with an engaging program MC’d by Sheikh Yousuf Parker.
The Program included speeches by VIP guests including the City representatives from the City of Canning, the executive principle of Australian Islamic College Mr Abdullah Khan, the president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Dr Rateb Jneid, Dr Naser al-Ziyadat from Murdoch University and Sheikh Wael Ibrahim, Founder of the Aware Academy, mentor and Student counsellor at The Australian Islamic College.
Human Appeal Australia in WA awarded Mr Abdulrahman al-Omari and Mr Tarek al-Chamkhi a plaque during the event for their outstanding contributions to the communities through the years.
Bilal Ghufran, one of the High Achievers in 2020 during his address shared his personal journey through school, thanking the people who helped him and his future aspirations.
“My success is due to the people around me who helped me throughout the year. Thank you to my parents, for always encouraging and supporting me in times of stress, to my teachers, who put in their best efforts to help me achieve my goals and my older sister, who motivated me to work hard. After seeing my older sister’s amazing achievements when she was in year 12, I knew that I wanted to strive for the best and work hard just like she did,” Bilal said.
Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards night in Adelaide were held on 14 March at Stamford, honouring 16 High Achievers.
The event commenced by acknowledging of land followed on by a Quran recitation by Sheikh Mohammed Syed.
Human Appeal’s State Manager, Ali Kadir acknowledged the high achievers and outlined the amazing work Human Appeal has been doing over the years, locally and overseas.
The Hon Stephen Patterson MP, representing the Premier, spoke on ethics of success.
The Hon Zoe Bettison, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment spoke on social responsibility of contributing to society.
Audience were also addressed by Mr Steve Murray MP Member for Davenport, Abdul Salam Hamid Juma, President of Islamic Information Centre and previous Human Appeal Umrah leadership participant and by Sheikh Abdul Salam Alim.
It was a celebration where leaders of the community and politicians celebrated the achievements of amazing Muslim students in year 12.
Human Appeal Australia would like to congratulate all the Year 12 students of 2020 for their success and wishing them all the best in the near future. This event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors, who have always believed in HAA’s mission and vision, by giving their utmost support to the annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards.
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