The Islamic Foundation for Education and Welfare (IFEW) hosted its 18th Presentation Dinner on Sunday 14 March 2021 at Darulislam in Bonnyrigg, its first major event exactly after one year of lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19.
IFEW Presentation Dinners are organised twice a year in order to develop mutual understanding between IFEW, MEFF, Seena Incorporated and AMUST with other sister organisations and institutions in Sydney.
The guest invitees this year included Princess R Lakshman from Mind Body Healing Hub, Mr David Purcell from Toastmasters and Mr Nafay Siddiqui and Shahriyar Mirza from Up Pay.
IFEW President Sakinah Ahmad welcomed the guests and after brief introduction of attendees, showcased almost half a century of history of the extended family of Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad OAM and pioneering services rendered in the field of Daawah and education during these long years by IFEW.
Mr Nafay Siddiqui Co-Founder of Up Pay and Head of Growth elaborated on his unique organisation who strive to assist the growth of strong and sustainable Muslim communities.
Nafey showed how Up Pay helps Mosque associations professionally to collect donations, manage funds and sustain membership sharing testimonials from successful organisations that they have helped so far.
Mr Aamir Ahmad, Vice President of MEFF gave the historical background and organisational structure of the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair, the first, the longest running and the largest Eid Festival in Australia. He said that the MEFF has been continuously running for the last 36 years, but had to be cancelled last year in 2020 due to COVID-19 and will be most probably cancelled again this year in 2021.
Princess R Lakshman, clinical nutritionist, writer, speaker life coach, councillor and workshop facilitator spoke from her heart in an honest, bold, highly moving and inspiring story of her life displaying her strong Iman and convictions as a revert Muslim.
Mrs Mehar Ahmad, President of Seena Inc showcased the success of AMUST currently in its 7th year of publication as well as other innovative projects such as marking International Day for People with Disability, Grandparents Day, multicultural cooking classes and helping refugees and victims of human rights violations and the upcoming Accessibility FunFest.
Mr David Purcell, a Distinguished Toastmaster and former CEO of Toyota talked about his life experiences in various parts of the world and with a diverse variety of political, business and community leaders during his rich career. He urged the attendees to join Toastmasters in order to develop their communication skills.
Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad OAM ended the session with a brief conclusion and dua for peace, harmony and safety from the coronavirus pandemic followed by Maghreb prayer and dinner hosted by Mrs Mehar Ahmad and family.