COVID-19 update

Our primary concern remains the health, safety and well-being of our members, the community we represent, our staff and volunteers. In light of the recent public health advisory and advice from the Government of SA and SA Health, we have made the decision to suspend our social group activities and classes until further notice. We are still contactable during these times at:

Telephone: (08) 8212 0800

Email: admin@mwasa.org.au

Website: www.mwasa.org.au

Please click here for more updates on COVID-19.

We hope that you stay safe and practice social distancing and proper hygiene. 

Let’s Talk Nutrition

 

On the 22nd of October 2020, MWASA organised a Nutrition Talk for the CHSP* seniors. The talk was held in MWASA, with 27 seniors attending. The speaker, Sister Zuhrah Shafqat Ali spoke about the importance of eating well and staying physically active to improve general health and well-being.

 

She shared simple tips on how to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods daily. She explained the 5 food groups, and how to meet daily energy needs and lower the risk of developing chronic health conditions. The seniors were very engaged and participative during the talk. In fact, a number of them approached Sister Zuhrah after the talk to express their excitement in learning how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Following the talk, Sister Zuhrah demonstrated on how to prepare a simple and healthy Mediterranean Salad. She also prepared a delicious butternut squash and chicken soup served with bread rolls.

The seniors had a wonderful time during the demonstration session as they were able to observe how simple it is to include lots of colourful vegetables into their foods.

 

 

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Programme

 

Social Saturday with Manal Younus

On 19th September 2020, MWASA organised a Social Saturday with Manal Younus for the SETS* youth as an introduction to the leadership program.

As an experienced facilitator, Manal inspired the youth to develop their ideas for leadership-building experience and the youths were excited to work on projects that they were passionate about. The youth thoroughly enjoyed the discussion with Manal.


*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support

Introductory Course to Citizenship Test Preparation

The 6-sessions of the Introductory Course to Citizenship Test Preparation were completed on the 24th of September 2020. It was conducted virtually on Zoom by Sister Peta Abdalla. Topics covered included understanding of Australia and its people, the Australian government and laws, symbols and colonial history.

Discussion and dialogue were practiced throughout the lessons and the students did a lot of revision and practice questions.

Sister Peta did a wonderful job at engaging with the students during the sessions. She presented the course in a simplified manner, which allowed the students to fully comprehend the course content. She was assisted by Sr Dania who did an excellent job at translating.

Overall, the course received positive feedback. The students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and found them very useful.

 

CHSP Lawn Bowling

MWASA is committed to helping  better the lives of seniors and encourage a more independent lifesyle through organizing activities that promote an active lifestyle.

 

On 3 September 2020, we organized a lawn bowling activity at Glenelg Bowling Club in which 17 seniors participated. The weather was sunny and pleasantly warm despite the light drizzle in the morning. The seniors were welcomed by two members of the bowling club. They briefed the seniors on the rules of the game.

 

 

Some of the seniors were excited as it was their first time while others had experienced playing it before. This low-impact sport activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the seniors, especially the men. They had the pleasure of enjoying time outdoor with their peers, which not only improved their fitness but also their mental well-being. The seniors played over an hour and a half before stopping for lunch. The club provided free flow of coffee and tea. 

 

Overall, they all had a very wonderful time being outdoors and spending time with their peers.

 

 

CHSP Meal Delivery by Momz Kitchen

Momz Kitchen catered appetising home style food (stir-fried chicken with rice) for the CHSP seniors on the 22nd and 23rd of July. The meals are part of the ongoing CHSP meal distribution program to support the seniors in accessing meals during the pandemic period. The meals were delivered by Sister Urika and her intern, Jessica as well as a volunteer, Brother Qayyum.

Information about the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and what it means for the seniors, as well as testing locations, were made available to them.  

As restrictions begin to ease from 20th July, MWASA will be resuming Social Support Group activities by inviting CHSP seniors for a social lunch at Sofra Kebab House in conjunction with Eid ul-Adha celebration after months of isolation.

CHSP Meal Delivery by Afghan Star

This round, the Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia paired up with another local business – Afghan Star Charcoal Kebab House – to provide CHSP seniors with a tasty packed meal. The meal, which was delivered by Sister Urika and her volunteer Sister Nadia on 8 and 9 July 2020, included delicious grilled chicken skewers / falafel with salad and sauce wrapped in tandoori bread.

‘Tips and Ideas for Older Australians to improve flexibility, balance and strength’ by the Department of Health and a jigsaw puzzle activity were also included to engage and entertain the seniors in their free time. 

Eid Greetings from Premier Marshall & Assistant Minister Jing Lee

 

Dear Hon Steven Marshall, Premier of SA,  and Hon Jing Lee, Assistant Minister to the Premier,

On behalf of Muslim Women’s Association of SA, thank you for this thoughtful letter to our community.

We appreciate your good wishes for our Eid ul Adha, which we are looking forward to, especially when South Australia is kept safe and well by our South Australian Government.

We are posting your letter on our website and social media so that all of our members and our community can share the good wishes from both of you.

Yours sincerely,

 
Dora Abbas
Vice Chairperson

CHSP Postcards Activity

The seniors shared their heartfelt experiences of their time in isolation on postcards. The postcards encouraged them to express their thoughts and feelings on how isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their lives. 
 
Heartfelt gratitude and appreciation were conveyed by some of the seniors for the packed meals and emotional support given by MWASA during this time. Some seniors also shared their struggles of being isolated from their friends and family members, while others reflected on the importance of looking after their own health and well-being.
 

CHSP Meal Delivery from Sumac Cafe

Sumac Cafe catered exquisite Mediterranean meals for the seniors on the 24th and 25th June 2020. They provided the seniors with appetising chicken skewers, salad and hummus served with rice and Lebanese bread. 

COVID-19 has created many challenges for members in the older community, forcing them into isolation in order to protect their health and well-being. This week, MWASA designed an activity for the seniors to create their own postcard and record their experiences (either in writing or drawing) on how isolation during this pandemic has changed or impacted their life.

Additionally, to continue advocating preventative measures against COVID-19, MWASA also provided the seniors with face masks to wear in situations where it is not feasible to maintain physical distancing such as on public transport.