Homeless Dinner June 2016
As part of its social support projects, Australian Relief Organisation delivered a homeless dinner for 120 people in Wollongong. Held on 10 June 2016, the multi faith iftar dinner attracted local Australians who lack access to safe and secure housing due to various conflicts, financial matters or family breakdowns.
In addition to homeless citizens, Federal Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird, Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury, Manager of Illawarra Multicultural Services Mohan Gunasekara, Manager of Wollongong Homeless Hub Julie Mitchell, staff, volunteers and guests of the Wollongong Emergency Family Housing community as well as coordinators and volunteers of Australian Relief Organisation also attended the iftar dinner.
While Federal MP Bird expressed her gratitude to ARO community for delivering such crucial social support services in her area, Mayor Bradbury received information about ARO’s operations and later stated that his office will look into assisting feasible ARO projects in the region. Manager Julie Mitchell also spoken about her appreciation for the occasion.
Pointing out to an estimated 105,000 homeless people living in Australia, our CEO Cihan Tumen mentioned that the ARO is happy to assist the homeless community on the blessed month of Ramadan. Explaining the meaning and importance of the month, Tumen stated that iftar dinners are welcomed by many Australians in recent years. Reminding that Ramadan promotes ethics and commonly shared human values appreciated by entire humanity, Tumen ended his speech by expressing his pleasure in sharing his dinner with fellow Australians.
We thank all our volunteers who supported this meaningful gathering.
Our organisation will continue developing projects for vulnerable communities in Australia.
Feed the Homeless Oct 2015
On 9 October 2015, our Wollongong volunteers team paid a visit to the Homeless Hub Wollongong and provided a complimentary dinner to its community.
The team consisted of our project coordinator Mrs Fatma Ismail and our volunteers namely Mrs Havva Bardak, Mrs Jale Kabakoz, Mrs Rosalind Sultan and Mrs Hadija Lawal.
There, they were warmly welcomed by the Hub Staff and manager Julie Mitchell, and the Executive Manager of the Illawarra Multicultural Services Mr Mohan Gunasekara, and homeless people who enjoyed the hospitality and kindness shown by our team members.
The dinner consisted of Turkish gozleme, salad, desert including cup cakes and coconut syrup cake. The ARO team donated eggs, breakfast cereal, long life milk, and a box of chips.
Local business owners from the area also donated towards this meaningful cause. There were sausages from Abduls Butchery Cringila, a box of fruit and bread from Sabri’s Grocery Store Cringila and vegetables for the salad was donated by Fez Cafe Dapto.
We appreciate to those all who supported this important activity and made it a successful event.