A Very Special CHSP Eid

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!

CHSP May Meals Distribution

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.

Eid Greetings from Premier Marshall & Assistant Minister Jing Lee

“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.”

Dora Abbas

2019 Governor’s Multicultural Awards

 
The winner of the Senior Volunteer Award is our very own Vice Chairperson Mrs Dora Abbas!
 
Sister Dora had the following to say in response to being recognised by this prestigious award:
“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.”

Unity In Diversity

Several focus groups were conducted with schools, which aims to promote harmony in SA by raising awareness and understanding of Islam and Muslims living in SA. 
 
These interactive sessions, held in March, were well-received by St Mary’s College and Salisbury High School, with students asking questions that seek to clarify misinterpretations of Islam and understand a Muslim’s way of life.
 
Students were able to practice safe distancing while engaging in the focus groups.
 
 

Meal Delivery for CHSP Seniors

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.

Seniors Mini Golf in March

The seniors had their first experience playing golf on 12 March 2020 at West Beach Mini Golf.

Each of them was given a club and a ball and required to complete 18 stations throughout the course. Although it was a simple action – swinging the club lightly to putt a golf ball into a hole – they were perspiring and had a good workout. The activity helps to improve their balance, strength and hand-eye coordination.

Overall, the seniors had a ‘hole’ lot of fun competing with their friends in a spectacular setting.

Distribution of Food Parcels to CHSP Seniors

MWASA is working in partnership with Human Appeal Australia to provide food parcels for the 50 seniors in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

Essential items such as oil, honey, pasta and toothpaste were among the many items that were packed and distributed to the seniors on Thursday 9th and Tuesday 14th April 2020.

The seniors were appreciative of the visit by Sister Urika and delighted to receive the food parcels, which are handy during this period of time.

Thanks go to Human Appeal Australia for the collaboration.

Go to Facebook to watch the wonderful Human Appeal promotional video for this project.

March Recipes of Life Update

The tutors discussed with the participants how to answer guests confidently if they ask about the dishes. They recommended the participants to do a search on the internet to find a brief description about every dish.

Maryam made Kabab Hindi dish and she did well.

CHSP Canvas Painting

Sister Nazneen from Chai & Canvas was invited to conduct a canvas painting session with our CHSP seniors on 27 February 2020. 

Using an 8 fold rosette that is used in the Islamic world, Sister Nazneen taught the seniors using the dot/pointalism technique to complete a painting on a canvas. It was indeed a therapeutic experience for the seniors where they can express their creativity in a relaxed and fun environment. The calming nature of dot painting makes them feel at ease and help to improve their hand-eye coordination. The result was amazingly beautiful! The seniors created beautiful designs on black canvases using different sized dots. 

Feedback from Participants
They have heard about the Australian Aboriginal dot painting and were eager to learn more about it. By adding a touch of Islamic element in this activity, Sister Nazneen was able to attract their interest in Art – especially the men. The seniors were pleased and proud of their artwork and look forward to more of such sessions in the future.

February Recipes of Life Update

The tutors and the participants discussed the main dishes which will be prepared at a future Shared Lunch.

The group wrote all the ingredients, with their quantities, for the main dishes (Falafel (below), Kabab hindi, Kanafeh).

Furthermore, it was discussed how much time each dish will take so the time can be managed on the day.

Maryam very kindly offered to demonstrate making Kebab Hindi at the next class. 

Heam made Kanafeh (below) and she did very well.

CHSP Admin Day Morning Tea

CHSP Admin Day 2020 was conducted on 13 February 2020 at MWASA. 

The program started with an activity writing a ‘Thank you letter to Sister June’ on a heart shape paper.

Following the activity, Sister Urika recapped an overview of the MWASA CHSP with an emphasis on the Client Contribution Policy.

Activities and learning journeys undertaken in 2019 were revisited and positive feedback was received on each of them. 

The session ended with a sharing of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) health alert and the seniors were reminded to take precautionary measures and maintain good personal hygiene. 

Muslims Meals Project @ Old Bazaar Market

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) supported Multicultural Aged Care (MAC) in the launch of the Muslim (Seniors) Meals Project last week at the Old Bazaar Market, Hollywood Plaza.
 
MWASA – along with other community service providers such as Uniting Communities, ARAS (Aged Rights Advocacy Service) and Catalyst Foundation – had a stall at the expo to share information with the public on our respective services and activities.  
 
About 20 of our CHSP seniors participated in the event. After the launch, they visited the information booth and then were treated to lunch. The seniors thoroughly enjoyed the day as they were able to eat lunch and socialize with their peers in a relaxed and comfortable ambience.