Author: gulhan-eryegit-yoldas

Special assembly on Christchurch tragedy

Following the horrific Christchurch mosques’ tragedy, Al Siraat College in Epping (Victoria) held a special assembly on the morning of Monday 18 March for their school community as well as the broader community. The event was attended by Mayor Lawrie Cox, MP Lily D’Ambrosio, Nik Cagorski representing Federal member for Scullin Andrew Giles, Inspector Craig Spencer, representatives from Whittlesea Interfaith Network and several other members from local community groups. Inspector Craig Spencer explained that “…it’s important to note that the emergency service workers, the police, the ambulance and the army all felt your pain. I was advised today that...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with Anisa Sharif

Anisa Sharif, Mosaic artist and a member of Australian Federal Police Community Liaison Team, hosted the terracotta plate decorating workshop on Friday 8 March in Melbourne in celebration of International Women’s Day with the collaboration of Bunnings Warehouse in Mernda.  A highly diverse group of women from across the region and beyond attended the workshop and spent the morning learning some of Anisa’s creative techniques to produce beautifully decorated terracotta plates.  Attendees included women from local community groups, local businesses and schools including some ladies from Al Siraat College, SES and Al Maidah.   Speaking from her role as a...

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Before 1770: Discovering Australia’s Muslim history

On Saturday 23 February a predominately Muslim crowd took their seats in the Hoyts cinema theatre in the heart of Melbourne City to watch the much anticipated sold-out screening of Before 1770.    The film which explores Australia’s Muslim history was directed by Sheikh Wesam Charkawi, proudly supported by Abu Hanifa Institute and Sadaqa Welfare Fund.  The Welcome to Country for this groundbreaking event was performed by none other than our local Muslim indigenous elder of the Wurunjeri, Hassan Gardiner who also contributed to the panel discussion afterward.    In a statement introducing the film, Sheikh Wesam explained “Knowing...

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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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