It is the time of year when Muslim communities all around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice after week-long Hajj pilgrimage – one of the two main celebrations for the community. Muslim community believes in welcoming everyone to join them in this celebration.

Continuing its spirit of celebration and bringing communities together AusPak Women’s Association (APWA) organised an Eid al Adha festival of colours, food, celebration and laughter on Sunday, 25 June 2023 from 1pm until 10pm. With a lot of games, food and fun activities, the festival also provided women business owners an opportunity to set up a stall with their products for purchase.

We give thanks to dignitaries who gave up their Sunday evening to show support and join the community in Eid festivities:

  • Senator David Shoebridge
  • Julia Finn – MP Member for Granville, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, and Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts
  • The Hon Mark Buttigieg MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and Parliamentary Secretary for Industrial Relations, Parliamentary Secretary for Work Health and Safety and Member of the Australian Labor Party
  • Muhammad Ashraf – Counsel General Pakistan
  • Jordan Lane MP and shadow assistant minister for Health and Multiculturalism and Member of Ryde
  • Charishma Kaliyanda MP, Member for Liverpool,  Australian Labor Party
  • Barbara Ward -Deputy Mayor Clr Gordon Ward, Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Former Sentor Lee Rhiannon
  • Councillor Livingston Chettipally – Ward 5
  • Suman Saha – Deputy Mayor Cumberland Council
  • Councillor Moninder Singh – Blacktown Council
  • Community leader Durga Owen
  • Hafiz Shahid, Trustee,
  • Zain Uncle, Trustee.

 



All invited dignitaries were very impressed with the event, stalls and organisation of this huge festival to make the community come together with families and enjoy.

The stall holders brought excitement and energy to the program with Arts and Crafts, Food, Clothing, Toys for kids, Henna and many more.

This event could not have taken place without the hours of planning and coordination of volunteers. Volunteers received certificates of gratitude by APWA team in recognition of their time and efforts.



Together in collaboration with IWPG Sydney, APWA has also organised an Art Garden – where community members, women, kids, everyone not only joined and painted live on the theme of International peace day but will also get the opportunity to be part of a national and international competition for their art pieces.

No event can be successful without the help of valued sponsors of the festival and many are ongoing Sponsors of AusPak Women’s Association:

  • Agha Noor
  • SS Smash Repair
  • Auburn Radiology
  • Oasis Foods
  • Lion Group of Companies
  • Best Disability Solutions

    The Australian Qawwal party made everyone dance to their tunes with beautiful spiritual music. With amazing food, and ambiance set with cold weather in the background made the whole experience of live music for all the participants an evening to remember.

    The engagement happening on the stage from beginning to end kept the festival joyful and exciting with involvement from dignitaries, children, youth and parents. Games and engagement kept the spectators hooked to the event.


 


Feedback from attendees was that it was a vibrant, community feel, amazing energy and great hospitality from all at Auspak Women’s Association, from executives, volunteers and family members helping out on the day.

APWA – Together We Will Rise