Salwa was awarded the 2020 Newcastle Volunteer Service Awards in the Community Service category receiving her certificate of recognition from the Hon Sharon Claydon MP in the virtual awards held on 26 November 2020.
In addition, Salwa was also one of the shortlisted of Hunter Adult nominees of the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the year awards receiving her certificate at the virtual awards held by the Centre of Volunteering in October 2020.
Salwa is an international student from Indonesia doing a PhD in Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
She loves volunteering as she has been part of Uni Crew Volunteering Program at her university since 2018. For the last three years, Salwa has devoted many hours of her time to volunteer in multiple university events including Uni Open Day, Graduation Day, Orientation week, Multicultural Ramadan Iftar, Peer mentor, Drive-In cinema, hosting delegations visiting the university, Harmony Day and Cultural Awakening Program.
All these events aim at promoting cultural diversity and inclusiveness among international students at the University of Newcastle Australia.
Salwa believes that volunteering leads to increased life satisfaction because when you volunteer and make a difference in your community, you feel happy with your accomplishment.
“In Islam, the power of volunteering is very significant as in the Qur’an, Allah encourages human to do charity, the act of kindness and giving both your money and your time,” Salwa said.
As an academician, Salwa also shared her knowledge by presenting her project focusing on English language teaching as a foreign language (EFL) in the 17th CamTESOL virtual conference held 5-7 February 2021 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Salwa’s passion in volunteering was recognised as one of the shortlisted of Hunter Adult nominees of the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the year awards, she received her certificate at the virtual awards held by the Centre of volunteering on 2 October 2020. In addition, she was also the finalist of the 2020 Volunteer of the Year of the 2020 Student Engagement Awards in the University of Newcastle Australia held in Brennan Room University of Newcastle on 5 November 2020. Therefore, to acknowledge her contributions, Salwa was featured in the 2020 NSW inspirational women social media initiative by Women NSW.
Her motto is ‘do good for others’. This is Salwa’s opinion about doing kindness, she said : ‘ if you do good, It will come back to you in unexpected ways, but do not expect to get what you give, because not everyone has a heart like yours, even if we do good deeds to people but they reply by hurting us, do not be sad, because it is the way Allah SWT tests our patience and sincerity.