Author: gulhan-eryegit-yoldas

Muslim leaders raise gambling harm awareness

The Muslim Leaders Forum for Gambling Harm Awareness was held on Wednesday 5 December in Melbourne equipping them with resources to help families experiencing gambling harm. The event, held at Al Siraat College was sponsored by Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and supported by Victoria Police, City of Whittlesea, Arabic Welfare, SHARC and Banyule Community Health. The purpose for the gathering was to raise awareness on gambling harm in Victoria and equip Muslim leaders with the local resources available to them in supporting families experiencing gambling harm.   The event was MC’ed by senior student Abu Bakr Ayoubi and the...

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Interfaith conference highlights gambling harm

“Victorians currently lose over $8.6 millions dollars every single day to the pokies and there is now a direct correlation between gambling harm and family violence, crime and substance abuse…,” claimed Rev Tim Costello, at the annual Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference held on Sunday 18 November in Melbourne. Hundreds of people from all faiths attended the conference held at the St Albans Community Centre in Melbourne’s west that aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing interfaith networks, provides a valuable platform for networking between Interfaith groups and highlights the latest issues affecting the Interfaith community. The four...

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Turkish communities celebrate migration to Australia

This year the Australian Turkish community celebrates 50 years since migrating to Australia.  The Australian Cypriot-Turkish community is celebrating 70 years since migration.  Both these communities are predominantly Muslim arriving by sea and air in search of better life opportunities for their young families. On Saturday 27 October  Australian Turkish migrants that had made the journey to Australian shores fifty years ago were recognised in an award ceremony hosted by the Presidency For Turks Abroad And Related Communities (YTB) at Melbourne’s iconic Sofitel building.   The ceremony was attended by Victorian MP Nazlı Süleyman, Canberra’s Ambassador for Turkey Ahmet Vakur...

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Black Saturday Bushfires – Blessing of the Fleet

On Saturday 13 October, the 22nd Annual Emergency Services Blessing of the Fleet ceremony took place in Whittlesea, near Kinglake. This is an annual multifaith service hosted by the City of Whittlesea and administered by leaders of local faith communities, in recognition of the role of emergency services personnel in protecting our community.   This year was particularly significant as we near the 10 year anniversary of the devastating Black Saturday Bushfires which ravaged Kinglake and the surrounding areas of Victoria’s north, destroying homes, farms and the whole town of Marysville.  The Black Saturday Bushfires remain Australia’s all-time worst...

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Baasila Awards winners for 2018

Brave, Strong, Courageous.  These were the words encrypted on the awards certificates presented at the inaugural Baasila Women Acknowledging Women Awards Ceremony at Melbourne’s iconic Moroccan Soup Bar in Fitzroy on  8 September 2018. The winners of the Women Acknowledging Women Award 2018 in four categories were: Naima Usman: Women’s Empowerment Dr Sara Hassan: Community Leadership Amona Hassab: Youth Capacity Building Aysha Tufa: contribution to STEM/Arts Innovation The Baasila Awards is an incredible platform pioneered to celebrate the substantial contributions of Australian Muslim women, where all nominations are made by women for women.   There was an overwhelming interest...

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