Cervical Cancer Screening Talk with SA Health

Cervical cancer is among the most common cancer among women. The risk of a woman being diagnosed with this cancer by the age of 85 is 1 in 162.

MWASA held an informative talk on cervical cancer for all women ages 40 and above earlier this month. Our ladies learnt how to recognize early signs of cervical cancer and what measures to take to keep themselves as healthy as possible.

It is important that cervical cancer is detected at early stage, even before it can be felt. The 5-year survival rate for this cancer is 74%. Making the effort to exercise daily and making regular appointments with your GP is a good measure to take to spot the signs of cervical cancer early.

Thank you to Jacqueline from SA Health for coming in for the informative talk; our ladies were definitely very grateful.

Visiting the SA Museum and Lunching at Good Social Cafe with the CHSP Seniors

Earlier this month, we took our CHSP seniors to a trip to visit the South Australian Museum! The warm springtime weather was perfect for the seniors to take a leisure stroll to the museum from Victoria Square.

Seniors ready to take a stroll outside the SA Museum

It was an exciting tour for the seniors, and a quite a shock for some who had never visited the SA Museum before! We managed to explore all the exhibitions available, except for the Ancient Egypt gallery which some of our seniors found too scary! Our seniors were particularly amazed by the real life exhibits and were so very eager to learn more about them.

Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Senior resting while posing in front of an exhibition.Seniors and staff posing for a photo with an exhibition!

We also treated the seniors to lunch the Good Social Café afterwards. The delicious food and the charming atmosphere of the café was perfect for catching up or just relaxing after a morning of walking.

Outside the Good Social Cafe– ready for a meal!Seniors enjoying their lunch and catching up for the week.

Can’t wait for the next outing with our seniors!

Games Day with CHSP Seniors!

To celebrate the ease in lockdown restrictions, our CHSP Seniors enjoyed a fun day indoors playing friendly games with friends! 🧩 We had played numerous mind-twister games that left the seniors full of laughter and chatter.
 
Among all the games played, the crowd favourite was Bingo! Our seniors were very engrossed in the game and many began to show their competitive streak . There was even a demand for a second round!
Seniors eagerly waiting for the number announcment during a game of Bingo.

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Sewing and Hemming Workshop with Vita Alnaimat!

It was amazing sewing with our ladies!

We held a hemming and alteration workshop last week where we taught our ladies the best and easiest way to hem their clothes! So long pants or skirt that gets caught won’t make you trip! The workshop was conducted by fashion designer and professional dressmaker Vita Alnaimat, who did a wonderful job of inspiring our ladies to practice and improve their alteration skills! One of our ladies was determined to buy her own sewing machine at the end of the session.

We look forward to sewing you at the next one!

Cross Cultural Training with Tatachilla Lutheran College and Pinnacle College

It was wonderful hosting a Cross-Cultural training session for the students of Tatachilla Lutheran College at Marion Mosque! MWASA’s Cross-Cultural Educator, Sr. Flora Chanisheff, had discussed the topic of Islam and Muslims, and hosted a Q&A session regarding common misconceptions. We even had some students from Pinnacle College to come in and sit with the students of Tatachilla. They aided Sr Flora with answering questions from the students of Tatachilla.

Year 12 Tatachilla Lutheran and Pinnacle College students having a chat.

It was incredible to see students from both schools interact and seeing them gradually break down social barriers and chat comfortably was very heart-warming, having shared lunch afterwards was full of lively conversation! It was an incredibly eye-opening experience for both Tatachilla and Pinnacle students alike and we can’t wait to host another session.

Shared lunch among students catered by Marion Mosque.

Big thank you to Nurhayati, Filzah, and Zuhair from the Islamic Society of South Australia for assisting in organizing and hosting the session. Thank you also to the year 12 students from Tatachilla College and Pinnacle College for participating!

Sr. Flora Chanisheff with Br. Nuru-deen Suraju from Pinnacle College (right) and Mr. Grant Wildman from Tatachilla Lutheran College (left)

If you are interested in arranging a Cross-Cultural session for your school or workplace, contact admin@mwasa.org.au

Maintaining Wellbeing with Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Australia and the second most common cancer to cause death in women.

MWASA held an informative talk on breast cancer for all women ages 40 and above on the 12th of August. Our ladies learnt how to recognize early signs of breast cancer and what measures to take to keep themselves as healthy as possible.

It is important that breast cancer is detected at early stage, even before it can be felt. This greatly improves the treatment options and health outcomes for the individual. Making the effort to exercise daily and making regular appointments with your GP is a good measure to take to spot the signs of breast cancer early.

Thank you to Marita Aldride from Breast Screening SA for coming in for the informative talk; our ladies were definitely very grateful.

Visit BreastScreen SA to find out more about cancer symptoms and screening.

Parenting 101 with Sheikh Riad

Covid-19 restrictions didn’t stop us from holding programs for our ladies!

We held a Zoom webinar for our SETS mums about raising children in Australia. While there are many challenges that parents face in raising children when they come to Australia, it is important to remember that children are also facing challenges of their own. He stressed on the importance of keeping communicative channels open between you and your child and how that was the first step to having a comfortable and happy home environment for everyone!

Another important point he mentioned was that the responsibility of raising a child is not solely on the shoulders of the mother, but also the father; it is essential to keep consistent communication between spouses. It takes a village to raise a child; as the saying goes.

It was an incredibly informative talk and our  mums were very keen on having a continuation session.

Thank you to Sheikh Riad from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils for hosting the webinar! Thanks to the Islamic Society of South Australia also for helping us organize this webinar. We look forward to holding a face-to-face session for our ladies in the future!

SETS Youth decorate candles for Eid al-Adha!

We wrapped up our holiday events with a blast! Prior to Adelaide’s 7-day lockdown in July, we held a candle decorating session with our SETS Youth.

Many were excited at the opportunity to hand-craft home deco for the upcoming Eid al-Adha. The session was guided by our experienced home decorator, Sawson Alnadi, who guided them in customizing the candles, which required materials that you could find easily in any household!
The youths were very happy to learn how home decorating can be cost-effective and super easy.
It was amazing seeing our youths’ personal designs, and maybe some of you would’ve caught a glimpse of them during Eid al-Adha celebrations!

CHSP Seniors Tour the Parliament House!

Last week, our Seniors were given the opportunity to tour the Parliament House of South Australia
They were led to view the colonial architecture while also learning about the roles, history, and work of the Parliament. Our seniors were greatly invested and asked a string of questions throughout the tour; hopefully, they did not overwhelm the tour guide too much!
Big thank you to Natalie Young, the Community Education Officer, for the informative tour as well as Parliament House for hosting us! Our seniors had a very good time!

Community Annoucement from Australian National Imams Council

The Australian National Imams Council and the Australian Fatwa Council are conscious of keeping the Muslim community united, in particular during Islamic occasions and celebrations. It’s therefore, They would like to take this opportunity to make the following announcement:
 
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the custodians of the two sacred cities Makkah and Madinah, in which the rituals of Hajj including Tawaf, Sa’ai and standing at Arafat are performed, has announced that Sunday, 11th of July 2021 is the first of the Month of Thul Hijjah in the year 1442 after the Hijrah (Migration of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him).
 
As a result, His Eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamad announces that:
🟢 Monday, 19th of July 2021 will be the Day of Arafah (9th of Thul Hijjah) and
🟢 Tuesday, 20th of July 2021 (10th of Thul Hijjah) Will be the Day of Eid Al-Adha for the Year 1442H – 2021

Cake Decorating with SETS Youth

Our holidays are going great and the cupcake decorating session we held last week was definitely the icing on the cake!
We had an experienced baker, Sidhra Khalid from Mimi Tu, come in to teach some of our girls techniques to use when decorating cakes! Our Youth’s creativity really shone through in their cakes; it was almost a pity to eat them!  

We are really glad we got to have this activity for our Youths, not only to have fun but to also try and learn new skills that they could use in the future!

SETS Youth Girls Go Ice Skating!

What an ice way to kick off the holidays! 
 
Our SETS Youth had a ball during their first time ice-skating, though there were a few slips and slides!
It was wonderful to see our girls engage in a fun, physical activity that many have not tried before. They had lots of fun trying to navigate on the ice with their friends; while there were lots of laughs, there were also bumps and bruises!
Keep your eyes out for more holiday activities! We look forward to seeing you at the next one! 

SETS Mums Start Innovating!

We held an introductory course for our SETS mums to help them move forward towards a future that they want; whether it be to start a business, improve their community or even build themselves professionally!
Our partner from HOST International, Shahy Radwan, introduced the idea of creating an ‘Action Plan’, and explained the importance of being proactive. She also introduced the concept of ‘brainstorming’ ideas; a crucial stepping stone towards innovation and success.
We look forward to seeing what our SETS mums can do! 

Refugee Week 2021

This Refugee Week, we acknowledge the valuable contributions of refugees and asylum seekers throughout all communities in Australia. We also embrace the multiculturalism present as well as the opportunity and benefits that it brings that has advanced us this far as a society.
 
In celebration of this week, MWASA took our ‘Learning English through Cooking’ program to Adelaide Central Market to introduce ‘A World of Flavours’. We, together with Red Cross, gathered some of our newly-arrived mums to come in for a live cooking demonstration of ethnic foods from Jordan, Sri Lanka and many more.
It was wonderful seeing our Muslim women in the spotlight and we would love to see more do the same; whether it be to find work or even extending a hand to make a new friend.
Big thank you to the participants, volunteers, guests, MWASA staff and the team from Red Cross for co-hosting this incredible event! 
Another event we held during Refugee Week was for our favourite CHSP Seniors! Despite the tumultuous weather conditions, our seniors made the effort to spend their Thursday morning with us, celebrating the various circumstances that have brought them together.
 
In this celebration, we switched the roles around and had our seniors come up and present instead. We had a delightful performance of Br. Rafik Chanisheff playing the accordion, and Sr. Rouzihan Shadiq reciting verses of the Qur’an. It was truly amazing to unearth the talents of our seniors and we can’t help but want to share it!
We also had one of our SETS clients, Linh, come in and tell the seniors a little bit about her journey to Australia, which she expresses through her art.
 
It is important that we acknowledge the hardships that refugees face throughout their journey to safety and peace. It is within our power to ensure that we, as one community, work to thrive, progress and build our lives together.
 
Let’s move forward unified!