Wednesday 17 March 2020
Over the past two weekends, Human Appeal Australia hosted its 13th Annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.
Year 12 students who achieved an ATAR of 90% or above in 2019 were invited to register for the awards. Respected members of the community; politicians, school principals, businesses and family members, attended ceremonies across the nation. An incredible 286 students were awarded for their hard work and received certificates of recognition and valuable gifts.
Human Appeal Victoria Manager and the event platinum sponsor representative awarding an HSC high achiever.
The five separate ceremonies started off in Adelaide, on Friday 6th March 2020. Amazingly, 15 students were awarded on the night with Brother Yahya Ahmed who was the MC for the night. Branch Manager of Human Appeal’s Adelaide office, Ali Kadir welcomed guests and highlighted the organisation’s goal of encouraging and motivating outstanding achievement which would benefit the country. Students were congratulated for their great efforts by the Hon. Russell Wortley and other speakers including Steve Murray, the MP representative of the premier.
On the 8th March, the high achievers were recognised in Melbourne, 75 students were awarded. Sheikh Rabih Baytie, Human Appeal’s Melbourne Branch Manager welcomed guests and acknowledged the important role that parents and guardians played in the achievements of their children. Mohammad Kaddour was the MC, the key note speaker was Dr Nezor Houli, Other speakers included Ms. Cindy McLeish MP; Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Education, Cllr Oscar Yildiz; Deputy Mayor of Moreland, Prof Akhtar Kalam, Prof Aladin Zayegh, Imam Ala Elzokm. Dr. Mohammad Mohideen from Islamic Council of Victoria and a video message by AFL football player, Bachar Houli.
On the 13th of March, the year 12 high achievers Muslim awards event, was taken place at Tompkins on Swan in Perth, Western Australia. The MC of the event was Shady and Hassan from the Australian Islamic College. Human Appeal’s Director of Projects, Mr. Issam Chaouk from Sydney attended the event and gave an overwhelming speech. Mr Abdullah Khan, Sheikh Wael, and Dr Naser AlZiyadat kindly helped with handing out the awards to the students and were also awarded for their great support for the organisation followed by a speech from the student with the highest ATAR of 99.95 on behalf of the 27 awardees. Western Australia branch manager Sameh Elgawady ended the ceremony with a picture of all students along with the VIPs and MCs.
In Brisbane the event was on Saturday 14th March honouring 18 students. Dr. Mustaf Ally from Crescent Community News, was the MC for the night. He kept the crowd amused with his energetic and jovial commentaries. The event opened by Quran recitation then A speech by Human Appeal’s Orphan Sponsorship and Community Development Manager Brother Abdnaser Ali Elghirani welcoming and appreciating the sponsors, recognising the high achievers and their parents for their outstanding effort and success. One of the keynote speakers were Mr. Habib Jamal, the president of Islamic Council of Queensland. Mr. Jamal addressed the Award Winners and delivered an inspiring speech. Mr. John Prescott, representative for Hon. Duncan Pegg, MP Member for Stretton gave his speech thanking the organiser while admiring the achievers and wishing them prosperous future. The Award winner Br. Masrur Alam, thanked the organisers and delivered his humble speech.
To conclude, Imam Akram, Branch Manager of Human Appeal QLD office, reminded the high achievers to thank Allah the Almighty for the success they attained and not to forget to appreciate their parents for their care and support. Dr. Zakaria Amin wrapped up by thanking all for joining and making it a success.
On Sunday 15th of March, the ceremony in Sydney awarded the largest number of students with a total of 152 students. The ceremony was opened with the heart-warming recitation of the Quran by Sheikh Saad Algulaib and co-MC’d by Omar Al-Jamal and Raghda Assoum. Students were invited with their parents to join various respected members of the community, school principals, politicians and businesses to attend the ceremony which was held in The Highline Venue in Bankstown. A significant presenter, Mufti Ismail Menk made the night spectacular. Students were honoured for their hard work and awarded certificates of recognition and were gifted a 7th generation iPad. Human Appeal Australia’s Director, Bashar Al-Jamal welcomed guests then various speeches were given by The Hon. Tony Burke, Federal Member for Watson; Jihad Dib, MP; Dr Yassir Zaki from Tender Loving Care Disability Services. Overall, the night was filled with a warm atmosphere of celebration and joy.
Human Appeal Australia would like to congratulate all the Year 12 students of 2019 for their success and wishing them all the best in the near future. A special thanks to the generous businesses and organisations that sponsored the 13th Annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards, whom without them these events would have not been possible.
Human Appeal Australia,
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