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Every year the Community Care Division at Human Appeal Australia provides support to several schools to organise Ramadan Iftar Dinners where Muslims and Non-Muslims breaking of the fast, share a meal and unite as a school community.

On Wednesday, March 29, for the first time, Chester Hill High School held their first ever Community Iftar Dinner. Iftar is the breaking of the fast for Muslims who are fasting during the month of Ramadan. It was an opportunity to come together, whatever the cultural and/or religious backgrounds, and celebrate the wonderful diversity of the school community.

On the same day, Burwood Girls High School and Unity Grammar carried out its Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinners. With over 200 guests including Mr Jihad Dib, the incoming minister for customer service, emergency services and youth justice, who will be the first sworn in on the Quran and Jason Yat-sen Li, MP Member for Strathfield.

Burwood Girls High School had a wonderful opportunity for the school community to come together to learn more about the Islamic faith, to build understanding and to enjoy some amazing food together. As Burwood GHS is such a multicultural school and Muslim students come from many different backgrounds, the evening was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to try food from many cultural regions.

For the 4th year the community of Lurnea High School hosted a hugely successful Iftar dinner on Friday 31 March. It was wonderful to break the fast and celebrate the richness and diversity of the multicultural school community with more than 350 people in attendance including Tina Ayyad, MP Member Of Holsworthy; Anne Stanley, MP Member for Werriwa; Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun; Dace Elletson Director Educational Leadership at NSW Department of Education; Dr Jan Ali, Academic Program Advisor at Western Sydney University; Clr Charishma Kaliyanda and Narelle Curry President of the Liverpool Local AECG (Aboriginal Education Consultative Group)

‘Such a privilege to join the Lurnea High Community at their annual Iftar. Thank you to Principal Ms Landrigan and May Jouni and all the staff for the invitation and warm hospitality’ said Anne Stanley, MP Member for Werriwa

‘Human Appeal Australia’s sponsorship helped us create an environment of unity and diversity, where people from different backgrounds, cultures and religions came together to break the fast and celebrate the spirit of Ramadan. We believe that events like this help fostering a great sense of understanding and compassion among our community, and we are grateful for Human Appeal’s support in helping us achieve this goal.’-said May Jouni, School Community Liaison Officer

The Iftar at Arkana College was a great success with hundreds of students, parents and teachers from different faiths in attendance. The Principal and CEO of Arkana College Osman Karolia welcomed guests in his opening speech and praised the great initiative from Human Appeal to support the community and share the pleasure of feeding the fasting in Ramadan

Human Appeal International Australia is proud to be involved with events that celebrate multiculturalism by bringing people of different backgrounds together in the spirit of sharing and caring and will continue providing opportunities for our community to come together and celebrate important events.

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