HUMAN APPEAL AWARDS 106 STUDENTS FOR HIGH ACHIEVEMENT IN YEAR 12
After seven years, Human Appeal International Australia’s Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards has become a national event with Sydney and Adelaide honouring their students for the first time. Students who achieved an ATAR score of 90% or above in 2014 were encouraged to register for the 8th annual awards. Various respected members of the community, leaders, politicians and businesses attended ceremonies in the three cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, acknowledging the amazing efforts of these high achieving students. Over the weekend of 20th to 22nd March, a total of one hundred and six students were honoured for their hard work and rewarded with a certificate of recognition, a tablet-notebook and various other prizes.
Human Appeal’s 8th Annual Muslim Achievement Awards -Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne (Photos)
The ceremony in Sydney acknowledged a total of forty nine students, with Salahuddin Omari as the master of ceremonies for the night. Attendees included federal MP for Watson Tony Burke MP, mayor of Canterbury, Brian Robson, Canterbury Councillor Khodr Saleh, Labor candidate for Bankstown Tania Mihailuk, Labor candidate for Lakemba Jihad Dib and other distinguished guests. The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli MP both extended their apologies. The night opened with Quranic recitation by one of the award recipients, Ahmed Rafik, followed by an invocation by Sheikh Tarek Al-Bikai from Al-Bayan Institute. Human Appeal’s director, Bashar Al-Jamal welcomed guests and explained why investing in education is an important strategy to enhancing the sustainability and growth of communities. Various speeches were given by Tony Burke MP, Dr Zachariah Matthews from Deen Academy, Maffaz Al-Safi from the Australian International Academy and Mohamed El-Mouelhy from the Halal Certification Authority. Students were presented their certificates and gifts by local sponsors. Award recipient Aya Al-Salti spoke passionately about her achievement and the dedicated focus that it required. Moustafa Afyouni, a current student at the University of New South Wales spoke movingly about his participation in Human Appeal’s recent Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour visit to an aid distribution centre for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Overall, the night was a fantastic opportunity for parents and the community to glow with happiness in the proud achievements of these students.
In Melbourne, the event also acknowledged forty nine students. The ceremony was MC’d by Noor Abou-Zeid and opened with Quranic recitation by Wissam Ghimrawi, who also sang two songs midway through the program. In attendance was Moreland Mayor Meghan Hopper, executive director of community languages Stefan Romaniw OAM, David Warner from the Western Institute of Technology as well as other dignitaries. Sheikh Rabih Baytie, Human Appeal’s Melbourne branch manager welcomed guests and spoke about the importance of education and giving back to the community. Other speakers included Dr Aladin Zayegh from MCCA, Masad Alfayad from BAILP and Fatma Saoud from Crescent Wealth. Students were awarded their certificates and gifts by local sponsors. Award recipients Muhammad Hamza Qazi and Amal Abikar both delivered eloquent speeches about achievement and the importance of continuing education. Oussama Abou-Zeid, a student at Deakin University, gave a brief report of the recent Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour.
Adelaide, with a much smaller community nonetheless awarded eight high achieving students. They were likewise awarded certificates and gifts sponsored by one local business. Branch manager of Human Appeal’s Adelaide office, Ali Kadir MC’d the event. The Quran was recited by a young student, Abdul Salam Hamid. Danny Broderick, representing the mayor of West Torrens council spoke on the night as well as Imam Khalid Yousuf from the Islamic College of South Australia. Sounds of Light Adelaide 2015 nasheed artist Izzat Mehedi sang a song which he wrote specifically for the event. Award recipient Walaa Hamid Haj-ali spoke about the importance of acting on the knowledge that God has given us and striving for success. University of Adelaide student, Khalil Abdul Malik reflected on his participation of the Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour.
Human Appeal wishes to once again congratulate all the high achieving students as well as acknowledge the generous support of the local businesses and organisations that sponsored the 8th Annual Year 12 Muslim Achievement Awards in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Human Appeal International (HAI) is a charitable, humanitarian, and non-government organisation (NGO) that was established in 1984. It works on a number of charitable causes, specialising in areas from Social and Educational Development to Health Care and Emergency Relief. HAI’s worldwide reputation is reinforced by the fact that it holds consultative status (Category II) in the United Nations Social and Economic Council, maintains an observer capacity in IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development), and is a member of the International Council for Voluntary Associations (ICVA). Human Appeal has been operating in Australia since 1991 and currently has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.