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.
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.
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.
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.
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