First Ever Evening Eid!

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA has been supporting Muslim women in Adelaide for over 25 years. Our team is always looking to adapt, see what is needed and try new things, to give the best services and support to our community that we possibly can. This year, we undertook to try our first ever Evening Eid. Traditionally we would hold a morning tea at our office during the day which some members could not attend due to work. We chose a restaurant as the venue for added convenience, guaranteed delicious food with no cooking or cleaning. The restaurant we settled on was Tangritah Uyghur Restaurant. The new location at 100 Grote Street is spectacular. The restaurant is rather large and the booth seating style allows for a more intimate feel. 

Large dishes were delivered to each of our tables to share. Naturally we had to have some of the tasty trademark Uyghur handmade noodles, served with fried chicken and vegetables. This chicken noodle dish was a clear favourite, earning rave reviews across the table and disappearing very quickly! There was salad and rice with lamb. We enjoyed large bowls of another trademark Uyghur dish: Ding Ding – short cut noodles with beef and vegetables in a spicy sauce. Long skewers of lamb kebab were brought out, hot and juicy straight from the grill. Finally, each table was given a jug of sweet, creamy and slightly tangy Ayran

Our team thanks the Tangritah Uyghur Restaurant family for their hospitality and we look forward to going back again. 

 

We had just over 20 ladies attend. Thankyou for coming out ladies, thankyou for your beautiful company and conversation! Thanks also go to the ladies who provided feedback for the future Working Women’s Program. Your feedback is invaluable as guidance for our planning, to help us deliver the most appropriate services and programs for the community. 

We are still accepting feedback for the future Working Women’s Program through the Google Form until Monday 1st of July.

If you didn’t get the chance to provide feedback at the Evening Eid, please feel welcome to provide feedback now.

It only takes about 2 minutes. Feedback is also welcome from women who are looking for work. 

MWASA Team 2019 Eid Lunch at Sahara Moroccan Casbah

Each Eid the MWASA team are very excited to make the most of every tasty halal cultural cuisine and try somewhere new; this Eid al Fitr our team booked the Sahara Moroccan Casbah for lunch. 

The Casbah is on the corner of Little Gilbert and Sturt Streets, conveniently located only metres away from Adelaide City Mosque. The area is lovely and quaint, walking down the street one cannot help but think back to the Muslim Cameleers and their families walking these same paths over the last 100+ years.

Sahara Moroccan Casbah is more than just a Moroccan food experience, it’s an entire Moroccan cultural dining experience. The front restaurant also displays many Moroccan items for purchase, from the spectacular lamps hanging overhead, to various homewares, clothing/jewellery and other personal items. Upon our group being seated, we were treated to a splash of rose water from a decorative job, to refresh the hands and relax the mind.

We were each brought a satisfying bowl of Harira soup to start. The main affair was, of course, couscous! One lamb and one chicken, both thoughtfully arranged in traditional north African style. This couscous is not the instant one from a box that most of us make at home, this is the real deal, fresh and distinct. The meat and vegetables showed the experience and skill of the chef, slow cooked until tender and still vibrant. After eating our fill of the savoury mains, we delighted in finishing off with a shared pot of tea and assortment of authentic biscuits. Every single team member from our office hails from a different country of origin, and we were united in agreeing this lunch was delicious.

There is a private function area to the back of the restaurant, an intimate area with intricate decor. Throughout the Casbah, everything is eye-catching! The plush textures, rich colours and complex designs are a welcome invigoration in this increasingly sterile and minimalist modern culture. In order to avoid disappointment, do as we did and call the restaurant some days beforehand to book. 

Our team thanks Brother Ali and his beautiful wife for their hospitality and we look forward to going back again. 

Continence Program Concluded

The third and final continence session was held last week.

The third session was a day tour to the Continence Resource and Independent Living Centre in Gilles Plains. Everyone gathered in the morning at the MWASA office on Victoria Square in the city and travelled out together. 

The tour commenced with a welcome talk by Rosalie the Registered Nurse, who works at the Continence Foundation. Three interpreters were provided to ensure that everyone could understand and benefit.

Following on from the welcome, Sonia the Physiotherapist gave a talk about the parts and function of the pelvic floor muscle. Sonia instructed our group on how to properly perform the Kegel exercise. Everyone was very attentive and felt comfortable to ask questions. One member asked how frequently the exercises should be done and Sonia suggested that at least 3 times a week should be enough. 

The next speaker, Lisa, provided further information about where to go for help if someone is experiencing the problem of incontinence. There are many types of health care workers, the first visit can be to the family GP (General Practitioner) and then the GP can refer on to the Physiotherapist or other specialist, or a nurse can also provide assistance. Lisa informed everyone about the Continence Foundation website, which shows information in 32 different languages, and she let everyone know about the helpline so that they are aware in the case the need assistance. 

Finally, the Occupational Therapist gave the group a tour which included demonstrations of the different kinds of equipment that a person can use to live independently. The equipment ranged from different types of beds, to kitchen utensils, gardening tools, personal care kits, walking aids, wheelchair cushions, scooters of different kinds, toilet seats and much more. 

Overall the day was incredibly informative and all participants learned so much. They enjoyed seeing and being able to touch the equipment, which helps with understanding and being able to retain that information. The members feel that this information will be very useful to them in the future. 

Silver Jubilee for Service Providers

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) Silver Jubilee for Service Providers was celebrated in February, to acknowledge the contribution made by Service Providers towards our success.
 
The event was held in the Bradley Forum Hall at the Hawke Centre. We appreciate the kindness of UniSA in providing us with this beautiful venue.
 
The event was organised by the MWASA Youth group, under the supervision of Project Manager Shaista Kalaniya. The tasks were distributed among the group based on their interest and skills. As always, the Youth Group made us proud by executing another successful event.
 
The program began with Quran recitation by Asyraaf Shahrizan, followed by the translation given by Melissa Ayyildiz. Chairperson Dora Abbas gave an opening speech, welcoming and addressing the guests.
 
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le kindly accepted our invitation to be Guests of Honour for the event. His Excellency’s speech was full of encouragement, appreciation and his views on when a refugee feels settled was very thoughtful.
 
Other guests included representatives from various organisations.
 
A performance was given by Brother Zuhir Naji, a newly arrived refugee from Syria who is a singer and ran a music school in his country before coming to Australia in 2016. He played Oudh (musical Instrument) and sang an Arabic song. His performance was enjoyed by everyone.
 
A slideshow was presented on the journey of MWASA, another highlight of the day which received a lot of appreciations from the guests. The credit goes to Zainab Al Hamad and Saad Kalaniya for putting together a memorable presentation.

Over the past month, a wide array of members of the Muslim Women’s Association were asked about their thoughts, journey, and experience which they’ve had with the organisation. Their responses were captured and compiled by Melissa and her team.

 
 

Acknowledgements & Congratulations

MWASA would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and effort in making this event a memorable and successful one.

We acknowledge Shamil Jamion who assisted with the videography and producing a video that captured the highlights of the event. 
 
We also thank Ramila Chanisheff for being the MC (Mistress of Ceremonies) for the event.
 
Management would like to congratulate Shaista and the MWASA Youth Group on the successful and memorable Service Providers event.
 

Sponsors

We take this opportunity to acknowledge our sponsors. 

We thank Nosaiba for all the hard work in getting sponsors.

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The Team Took a Tour of Parliament House

At the end of last month, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) had the great pleasure of being invited to Parliament House as guests of the Honourable Jing Lee MLC. The event fell between MWASA’s Silver Jubilee and International Women’s Day and honoured both. 

Around 30 ladies attended on the day; the group included founding members and members of both the senior’s and youth programs.

The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was nothing less than the charismatic and welcoming community leader we have come to know and respect. 

We started by sharing refreshments and stories. We were officially welcomed by our host. Chairperson Dora Abbas responded with words of gratitude and optimism for the future. Our members then had an opportunity to stand up and share how they came to be involved with MWASA, what background they are coming from and how MWASA has helped them in providing opportunities and guidance towards fulfilling futures. 

The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was a gracious and engaging guide, sharing with us the history and function of each room. 

Everyone was inspired with awe at the rich detail everywhere we looked: the Corinthian columns, plush carpets, ornate carved wood and moulded plaster architraves and fixtures, artworks and historical artefacts.

Our group photo taken in the House of Representatives shows some artworks on the wall behind, one of which commemorates this year being the 125 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia. 

The day was a wonderful experience, our team and members all learnt a great deal and have been left with lasting feelings of inclusion and inspiration. 

Management would like to congratulate Community Development Officer June Hussain on organising all attendants for this landmark Parliament House event. 

MWASA Team Takes Out The Trash!

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) put together a team and participated in Clean Up Australia Day last Sunday, 3rd of March. 

Clean Up Australia Day is Australia’s largest community-based environmental day. It was started in 1989 by ‘average Aussie bloke’, builder and solo yachtsman, Ian Kiernan. His dream of sailing around the world came true in 1987, however his excitement and anticipation turned to anger and disappointment to find the oceans polluted and choked with rubbish. Upon returning home he put together a committee of friends and organised a clean up of his own backyard – Sydney Harbour. Now more than 33 million hours have been contributed by Australians towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day. 

We called Adelaide City Council to find out where we could be of service and it was kindly advised that GS Kingston Park/Wirrarninthi (Park 23) could do with some attention. That turned out to be very true, our team with 2 other community groups collected a total of 2,160 litres of rubbish and recycling which was removed from the parklands! Adelaide City Council collected all the bags of rubbish after the clean up and sorted out the recyclable rubbish and compostable material so that they did not end up in landfill. 

Our team of almost 30 volunteers were blessed with perfect weather on the day. The whole day was a brilliant success and thanks must go to the volunteers for that, especially Site Supervisor Nosaiba. It’s always a beautiful thing when community members give selflessly from their time for the betterment of the whole. Everyone enjoyed the day and everyone stayed safe, there were no first aid or other incidents. 

Clean Up Australia Day hasn’t released this year’s statistics yet but it will be interesting reading when they do. Last year’s statistics showed that more than three times the rubbish was collected in South Australian parks, up from 2017.

It was encouraging to see that this year the Australian National Council of Imams released a statement encouraging all Muslims to participate

Our team looks forward to next year, we hope you can join us. 

Until then, there’s so many things we can all be doing in our every day lives to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. 

A total of NINE 240 litre bins of rubbish and recycling was removed from the parklands! 

First Healthy Bladder & Bowel Info Session Well Received

The first of 3 Healthy Bladder and Bowel information sessions took place on Thursday the 14th of February, here at our office. 

The session was very well attended and the feedback from the members was incredibly positive.

There are still 2 more sessions to go if you are a member and would like to come along. Click here to see the event flyer. 

CHSP Fitness Program: Both a Finishing and a Beginning

The CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program) 6 Week Fitness Program delivered in collaboration with ACH has finished. However, it looks to be an inspirational beginning as well. 

All of the seniors were happy and social throughout the program. 

At the beginning of the program, participants underwent a pre-fitness assessment and set some goals.

We are pleased to report that those who attended the workouts regularly reached their goals! 

The regular participants who came every week built a strong connection with each other and offer each other encouragement. 

The lesson learned is that when it comes to fitness and well-being: consistency is everything! 

We look forward to supporting our seniors into the future with their fitness and well-being goals. 

SGP Sustainability Session

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA always looks for SGP (Settlement Grants Program) presenters who can cover relevant issues for newly arrived women and their families. 

On Thursday 29th November 2018, Nick Brummer and his team from the project “Adelaide Community Leaders Course in Sustainability” presented an information session at our office on recycling.

There was a visual presentation along with activities which made the information easy to understand and fun for the group. MWASA will make use of the “Mini Bin Game” donated to us for future programs. The game has 3 mini bins and a variety of household rubbish, the aim of the game is to put the rubbish in the correct bin.

Nick and his team were culturally sensitive and responded patiently to all group questions. This put the group at ease in asking questions and clearing all doubts.

Overall the session was well presented and we feel that the purpose of the project “Adelaide Community Leaders Course in Sustainability” was achieved since the group will be using what they have learned in their everyday life and reducing their impact on our environment. 

Comments from the group 
1. “I learnt a lot and (was) surprised to know that hair is a compost organic item”

2. “It is now clear how to sort different items”

3. “Removing lids from bottle is important”

4. “I will be more responsible after learning how hard people at the recycle depot work to make Australia a better place and to keep it clean. “

5. “Also we learnt how important it is to recycle correctly for the environment”

CHSP Fitness Classes taking Seniors from Strength to Strength

We have almost reached the end of the CHSP Fitness Program.

The seniors have been enjoying themselves thoroughly and are feeling stronger than ever! 

Regular exercise is crucial to falls prevention. Regular exercise improves balance and reflexes so some falls can be avoided altogether. Further to that, regular exercise strengthens the musculoskeletal system so that even in the case of a fall, serious injury can be avoided. 

MWASA Jubilee: Celebrating Supporting Muslim Women in Adelaide for over 25 years

On the afternoon of Saturday 22nd of September 2018, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) marked 25 years of supporting Muslim women in Adelaide by hosting a Jubilee celebration at the Clarence Park Community Centre. 

Sister Ramila Chanisheff was a wonderful Master of Ceremony for the day, elegantly introducing performers and speakers and guiding us through the afternoon. 

The event opened with a welcome speech from Vice Chairperson, Sister Azidah, who also acknowledged the founders of our organisation. 

We were fortunate in being able to host several guests of honour: His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le, and Assistant Minister to the Premier Jing Lee and Mr Eddie Liew.

The Governor addressed the room with a speech which was supportive and inspiring, and the Assistant Minister to the Premier Jing Lee’s speech was delightfully warm. Both speeches were entirely engaging due to the genuine charisma of our guest speakers. 

In the speech by Chairperson Dora Abbas, she thanked our guests of honour for attending despite their busy schedules. As a token of appreciation, MWASA had prepared gifts for the guests of honour. Sister Dora also spoke about the outlook for MWASA over the next 10 to 15 years, and invited all members and their families to contribute and participate. 

Brother Ahmed Sherbini lent his pleasant voice to proceedings with heartwarming Quran recitation, nasheed and athan (call for prayer). 

A colourful stand-out from proceedings was the fashion show. Organised primarily by the Youth Group, the girls were able to express their individuality in both traditional and modern modest dress. 

Of great interest was the showing of a slideshow showcasing the last 25 years. It was truly inspirational to see the journey that MWASA has been through, and then also to consider the continuation of that journey into the future. 

A touch of sweetness was added to the afternoon with a couple of young ladies from Australian Islamic College (AIC) reading poetry that they had written. 

Our Management Team would specifically like to thank:

  • Ramila Chanisheff for her outstanding delivery as Master of Ceremonies
  • June Hussain, Community Development Officer, and the team of volunteers for such successful organisation and execution
  • All members and friends for attendance and participation

We are all immensely grateful to our volunteer team and sponsors who made this event possible and so enjoyable.

A Physical Wellbeing Focus For CHSP Program Participants

We are currently halfway through our 6 week program of fitness classes which was organised in collaboration with ACH. The aim of the program is to provide participants with low impact workouts. The focus of the workouts is to promote wellness and resilience by staying fit and healthy through safe, low impact exercise. The program takes into account their health, level of activity and physical and mental capabilities.

Two trainers from ACH were appointed to deliver the training sessions. Twenty seniors attended our first training session at Wandana Community Centre. They arrived there punctually and were very eager. The session started with some administrative housekeeping followed by the trainers assessing the seniors to ensure that they are fit to perform the exercise. For this first session, the trainers demonstrated the technics for strengthening the upper body and balancing. Chairs and stretch bands were used to perform these motions. Members took a great interest into this session and were keen to attend the next session.

This is a program which combines exercise with education to optimise independence, increase strength, endurance and balance and provide motivation to live a healthy life. The trainers were well prepared and engaging. At the end of the 6 weeks session, the participants will feel great and have more energy, socialise and meet new people, learn how to prevent injury, improve strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness and increase range of motion and support body function and movement.

2018 Multicultural Community Event

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA had the honour of being invited by The Honourable Steven Marshall, MP Premier of South Australia, and The Honourable Jing Lee, MLC Assistant Minister to the Premier, to the 2018 Multicultural Community Event.

This annual colourful event is a special gathering of diverse community groups coming together to celebrate multiculturalism in South Australia. 

Attending from our organisation was Azidah Abdul Aziz – Vice Chairperson and Secretary, Shaista Kalaniya – Project Manager and June Hussain – Community Development Officer. Our team members, in chatting with The Premier, found him to be welcoming and friendly.

Everyone was invited to attend in their traditional cultural dress. The result was magnificent; the ballroom became a swirling kaleidoscope of colours, styles and textures. 

We thank The Premier’s Office for this opportunity and look forward to next year.