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. 

Community Resource: We try not to take people’s hate into our hearts

A group of young Muslim women living in Adelaide came together on this project to discuss different ways not to take people’s hate into their hearts, a very useful community resource at a time when Muslim women are regularly experiencing things like being stared at or yelled at in public. 

Please visit the project page to view the full video and transcript.

A Few Words from One of Our Members

A few words from one of our lovely young ladies about why she likes being a part of the Muslim Women’s Association of SA.

If you would like to become a member and experience this for yourself, speak to us about joining.
Please keep in mind that services are delivered within the Adelaide metro region.

Do you have any feedback? We want to hear it!

Call our office on 08 8212 0800 during open hours, or email us at any time to admin@mwasa.org.au 

NEW Email Subscription Option

We’ve been working on ways to communicate better with everyone, and we’re happy to announce that the Service Provider Email Subscription option is now available!

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA enjoys working with various community groups and stakeholders and we appreciate that the easiest way to keep connected in a professional capacity is to have our updates delivered straight to your working email. 

Click here to add your email address to our subscription list. 

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.

2018 Council Elections

Did you recently receive a voting pack in the post?

This is because the 2018 Council Elections are currently underway. The Elections are being conducted entirely by post. 

Voting in the SA Council Elections is not compulsory. 

Requirements have been fulfilled that you were issued a voting pack, you are not legally obliged to return it. 

However, if would like to participate and you have not already returned your ballot pack, the ballot packs are due by 5pm tomorrow, Friday 9th November 2018.

Unfortunately at this late stage if you have not already received your pack, it is too late to request one.

At this stage, there may also be no guarantee that if you pop it in the post it will reach the destination in time.

You are able to drop your ballot pack into your local council office by 5pm. 

Click this link to Find my local Council Office

Enrolment on the state electoral roll IS compulsory if you are:

  • Over 18 years of age,
  • An Australian citizen or eligible British subject, and
  • Have lived at your address at least 1 month

Electoral Commission SA is working with multicultural communities in order to make information more accessible. Brochures are available in 21 different languages. 

Click this link to see Information in other Languages

If you have any questions or concerns, phone the Electoral Commission on 1300 655 232 or visit the Electoral Commission website

Emergency Relief Assistance Available

As a regular service, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA provides Emergency Relief to Muslim women and their families…

MWASA is currently in the fortunate position of being able to offer Emergency Relief (for example food vouchers) to Muslim women and their families who are living in the South Eastern region and Southern Adelaide.

We are asking eligible women to contact us so that we can discuss what assistance is available.

We encourage community service providers in the areas specified above to contact us if they wish to refer an eligible client for assistance.

Please don’t hesitate to email or call with any queries or concerns.

You can contact us either by email to admin@mwasa.org.au or by calling the Muslim Women’s Association of SA office on (08) 8212 0800 and speaking to either Shaista or Noor.

To view and print the official letter from our Chairperson, click here: ER_Letter