Dear Hon Steven Marshall, Premier of SA, and Hon Jing Lee, Assistant Minister to the Premier,
On behalf of Muslim Women’s Association of SA, thank you for this thoughtful letter to our community.
We appreciate your good wishes for our Eid ul Adha, which we are looking forward to, especially when South Australia is kept safe and well by our South Australian Government.
We are posting your letter on our website and social media so that all of our members and our community can share the good wishes from both of you.
Sumac Cafe catered exquisite Mediterranean meals for the seniors on the 24th and 25th June 2020. They provided the seniors with appetising chicken skewers, salad and hummus served with rice and Lebanese bread.
COVID-19 has created many challenges for members in the older community, forcing them into isolation in order to protect their health and well-being. This week, MWASA designed an activity for the seniors to create their own postcard and record their experiences (either in writing or drawing) on how isolation during this pandemic has changed or impacted their life.
Additionally, to continue advocating preventative measures against COVID-19, MWASA also provided the seniors with face masks to wear in situations where it is not feasible to maintain physical distancing such as on public transport.
On the 10th and 11th of June, the seniors were provided with delicious meals from Sofra Kebab House. Sister Urika, her intern Jessica, and volunteer Sister Filzah delivered the charcoal chicken with rice and salad to the seniors.
Word search activity puzzles and an information pamphlet on ‘Keep Warm this Winter’ by SA Health were also provided to the seniors to help them stay warm and engaged this winter.
After a month of fasting, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid on the weekend of 23rd and 24th of May. The day is usually marked by getting together with relatives and friends over a feast to share happiness. Unfortunately, this year MWASA is not able to hold an Eid gathering for CHSP seniors, owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
However, we continue to share the happiness by giving the seniors meals from Prospect Yiros and Gozleme and sweets from Al Mina’s on Prospect on the 27th and 28th of May. A touch of sweetness to brighten their day!
On the 6th and 7th of May, the seniors were provided with meals from Imperial Spices Uyghur Cuisine.
Sister Urika and her volunteer, Sister Fatimah, delivered the Polo rice with salad and Boso noodles personally to the seniors.
An information sheet “It’s ok to have home care” and the translated material in Uyghur, along with infographics for “7 Easy Exercises” which the seniors can do indoors, were also distributed to them.
“On behalf of the Muslim Women’s Association of SA, I thank Premier Marshall and Hon Jing Lee for their warmest Eid wishes to our organisation and our community.
Their thoughtful wishes are truly appreciated!
Despite the COVID-19 limitations, our community is following the guidelines and is celebrating Eid in all the various ways possible with family and friends.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Premier Marshall and his Government for keeping SA safe and well.”
“I am honoured to receive a 2019 Multicultural Governor’s Award in recognition of our cross-cultural consultancy service and other educational programs.It is always team efforts that help us to achieve success.I want to thank all the volunteers, staff and management team over the past years who have helped MWASA achieve our goals. I also want to thank all the organisations that we have worked with in the past years who have all contributed to our organisation’s improvement.We will continue to strive in promoting understanding through cross cultural education and further enhance our other programs to build capacity in our community.”
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The first home meals delivery for seniors was distributed on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2020.
The seniors were given Chicken Biryani with salad, raita and a complimentary dessert from Angaara Indian Restaurant, along with senior-friendly flyers with the latest information on COVID-19 and Ramadan.
The visit by Sister Urika and her volunteers was much appreciated by the seniors as they missed attending MWASA activities and the physical presence made them happy especially during this isolated period.