A great demonstration of our multi-faith and multicultural Australia at Local High Schools Iftar Dinners.
Every year, Ramadan Iftar Dinners at local schools are hosted with the help and support of Human Appeal Australia. Muslims and Non-Muslims break bread, share a meal and unite as a school community. It is amazing to see so many students, teachers, staff and supportive parents from all backgrounds together in the spirit of sharing food and stories.
Members of Federal parliament, NSW parliament, mayors, councillors and community leaders gathered with students and their families shared meals over warm conversations.
On Thursday 22nd April, Kingsgrove North High School hosted their Iftar dinner for students and local community. What an amazing food, Ms Najah, Mr Smith and the year 12 hospitality class organised the catering of the evening. Jihad Dib, MP member for Lakemba spoke of the great opportunity such events provide to spread harmony and goodness in community.
Punchbowl Boys High School held their iftar dinner on the29th April, a great night jam-packed with VIP’s, CCBC Mayor Khal Asfour, Jihad Dib, MP, Councillor Bilal El-Hayek they all enjoyed the iftar dinner with students and parents.
As part of the International Day Festival celebrations a Community Iftar Dinner took place at Burwood Girls High School on Thursday 6th May. A multicultural treat. Along with a smoking ceremony with an Indigenous Elder to commence International Day Festival just prior to Iftar Dinner. After such a difficult year this year’s theme is “Healing Together” which also blends with the Naidoc Week theme of “Heal Country” as Burwood Girls High School focus on the environment.
Meanwhile at Sir Joseph Banks High School was such a special event. Record numbers, with well over 428 free tickets snapped up quickly free of charge for our community. Students, parents and staff came together, from all cultural backgrounds, to celebrate Ramadan and develop a shared understanding with their Muslim colleagues, brothers and sisters.
At Unity Grammar College/ Austral the multi-faith iftar took place on the 7th May. Guests included schools from different faith traditions, community, faith and school leaders, senior students, Liverpool City Council councillors and Anne Stanley MP. UGC Iftar is an example on the universal message of goodwill during Ramadan, diversity and shared humanity.
Birrong Boys High School’s dinner were held at Summerland Restaurant in Chullora, wonderful turnout delicious food for a good cause.
Lastly, at Lurnea High School, the First Iftar Dinner after Covid-19 witnessed an unprecedented attendance to School on Friday May the 7th. The food was massive, the deserts were huge and the joy was apparent on the happy faces with this generous initiative from Human Appeal to support the community and share the pleasure of feeding the fasting in Ramadan.
A special thank you to our special guests, families, teachers and students whose attendance was greatly appreciated and made the evening a wonderful success.