A walk to the Botanic Gardens was organised to engage CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program) members in healthy activity while also enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the Botanic Gardens. The Adelaide Botanic Garden is a 51 hectare public garden at the north-east corner of the Adelaide city centre, in the Adelaide Park Lands. It encompasses a fenced garden on North Terrace and behind it the Botanic Park. Work was begun on the site in 1855, with its official opening to the public on 4 October 1857.
The weather was sunny and pleasant on the day. Some of the group took a taxi from the office to the Botanic Gardens whilst others made their own way directly to the Garden. Twenty members participated in the session and were accompanied by Sister Sitiurika and Kamaljit.
Sister Rabia led the walk. The group visited the Lotus Garden, Herb Garden and also the tropical trees garden. The seniors enjoyed the leisure walk as they chatted and caught up with one another and talked about the plants and trees that were found in the tropical garden.
The walk ended near the main gate where everyone sat and rested by the lake and enjoyed sharing their food.
After a short rest, the seniors participated in some knee exercises demonstrated by Sister Rabia. All of the seniors participated in the knee exercises and some have requested for the exercise session to take place before the start of each program.
The visit ended with a group picture to be kept as a reminder of this wonderful outing.
Tai Chi is a form of gentle exercise that is described as meditation in motion. Having originated from China as a form of martial arts, Tai Chi has long been popular among individuals in order to keep fit and prevent disease.
Vivien, Susan and John demonstrated the basic movements for everyone to follow. They went on to demonstrate some martial arts movements and proper breathing techniques.
Ten participants were present at this first session, a good number considering the gloomy weather outside. Overall the class was very successful, both the men and women were keen to learn and participate.
After class, the seniors continued the mindful health theme by sharing a balanced, low calorie, nutritious lunch.
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.
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.
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.
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Twenty-eighteen was a wonderful year at the Muslim Women’s Association of SA, full of innovative projects and meaningful services for our members.
MWASA has been growing an online audience through our Facebook page and our new email subscription option for service providers. This is terrific as the internet is the fastest and easiest way for us to share information about our programs and upcoming events!
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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”
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