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.”
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.”
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Session #3 – 12th June 2020
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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.
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.
Important information from the Australian National Imams Council concerning funeral and burial arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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