HelpingACT, a Canberra-based organisation, dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and support, went into overdrive during Ramadan this year with a record number of donations and activities.

“There was no shortage of generosity,” said Mohammed Ali, an executive of HelpingACT in describing how many volunteers and contributors to HelpingACT came together to help those in need.

Mohammed Ali, Lish Fejer (ABC Radio Canberra presented) and the volunteers preparing the iftar for international students

HelpingACT organised a weekly iftar for international and other isolated students at the Australian National University (ANU), through the collaboration with a group of sisters who took time out of their day to cook the delicious meals.

HelpingACT’s fully stocked pantry which is used to distribute food to those in need

It also worked together with other organisations including House of Noor, to gather donations of toys and, together with Canberra Grammer, wrap and categorise the toys for distribution through Companion House, and the local Sisters Support Group to ensure that the toys were received before Eid.

HelpingACT volunteers preparing to serve Eid lunch to refugees and asylum seeker families

With the assistance of Companion House, an Eid Lunch was organised for refugees and asylum seeker families where the children were presented the gifts.

However, HelpingACT’s activities were not just confined to the Muslim communities with its ongoing contribution to St Vincent de Paul, the Smith Family and Havelock House continuing throughout Ramadan.

HelpingACT thanks those who contributed so generously to its appeals in the recent months. Without your help and donation, they could not have delivered the much-needed benefits to these communities.

To contribute financially, direct deposit to the account below, reference your name and upload your receipt below:

Bank:      St George Bank
BSB:        112908
Account:  489279325
Follow their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HelpingACT to be updated on their ongoing activities.
HelpingACT is looking to broaden its activities over the next twelve months and is seeking volunteers who would like to participate. Through volunteering, participants not only deliver a great service but also learn new skills.  To volunteer please contact HelpingACT: contact@HelpingACT.org.