On Monday 20th May AFL hosted the 2019 Ramadan Iftar dinner for the second time in collaboration with Human Appeal Australia. The event was conducted by Bashar Houli and his Academy on the GWS Premises. The Premier of New South Wales; Gladys Berejiklian, Anthony John Sidoti; Minister for Sport and Multiculturalism and Jihad Dip the Shadow Minister for Education with over 250 people from the surrounding community attended the Iftar. During his introductory welcoming speech Mr Houli announced the partnership between his Academy and Human Appeal Australia for the next three years.
The Iftar started by reciting some sacred verses from the Holy Quran by Bashar Houli himself after which he gave a brief introduction about the holy month of Ramadan and how Muslims take this month as a chance to renew their spiritual commitment through fasting, prayer and acts of charity. He concluded his speech by appreciating the partnership with Human Appeal which will open new horizons between the two entities to help the poor and needy people around the world.
Houli’s Speech was followed by NSW Premier; Gladys Berejiklian, the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party. She started her speech by highlighting the active role that such gatherings and occasions play in strengthening relationships between community members.
Mr Bashar AL Jamal; the Director of Human Appeal Australia gave a short speech after the premier in which he thanked the attendees and appreciated the partnership between Human Appeal and Houli’s Academy and stated that the partnership furthered the organisation’s focus towards the education of the younger generation.