Melbourne Branch Opening & Annual Dinner – 2015
Melbourne Annual Dinner
ARO Victoria branch has organised its first annual corporate dinner on Sat, 11 July 2015. The function was held at the Serenity Function Centre, where more than 200 guests attended the iftar dinner from various communities.
The opening speech was made by Ali Goru, ARO VIC State Manager. After his welcome, Goru outlined the highlights of his recent Vietnam journey, where he personally attended the ARO’s Ramadan Appeal iftar organisations in Ho Chi Minh City and delivered food packs to the poor and the needy.
Followingly, Elif Nur Ankara; a teacher of Sirius College and her student Selin Bas took stage and shared their experiences about a recent mission trip to Thailand. There, they attended a number of Ramadan Appeal iftar organisations in Bangkok and personally handed over food packs to local communities.
Finally, Omer A .Ergi, General Manager of ISRA Victoria, has made an encouraging speech about the importance of giving and helping each other. Spirits were high and the program ended with supportive remarks from those who attended.
Melbourne Branch Opening
On 23 May 2105, our organisation launched its operations in Victoria. On this occasion, more than 60 guests attended the ceremony held at the Serenity Reception.
Hon Maria Vamvakinou; Federal Member for Calwell, Ahmet Aydogan; ARO President, Cihan Tumen; ARO CEO, Ali Goru; ARO Victoria State Manager, Ibrahim Dellal; Selimiye Foundation Honorary President, Mesut Lelik; Selimiye Foundation CEO, Abdulhamit Ashari; President of the Malay Educational and Cultural Center, Zilhad Djonlagic; President of the Bosnian Association, Geraldine Porter of the Victorian Police Force, Serdar Takimoglu; Sirius College Principal, representatives of several associations and community leaders have attended to the opening.
President Aydogan made the welcoming speech and expressed his joy for the establishment of a ARO branch in Victoria. CEO Tumen shared a presentation with the guests, illustrating past projects that were carried out within Australia and internationally. Tumen stated that the ARO is deeply rooted within the Australian community and the organisation has recently initiated volunteer visits to nursing homes and intensive care units to tackle social exclusion locally.
Vic State Manager Ali Goru has stated “ARO organises humanitarian campaigns on a local and international level and encourages the community to help the people in need. The campaigns are run without discrimination of race, culture, religion and gender. In order to assist the wellbeing of the vast amount of people that are living on the face of the earth today, projects are developed on extreme poverty, lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities, natural disasters.
Goru went on to say “You many want to help people exposed to poverty and natural disasters for example, earthquakes and floods that occur in various parts of the world, but you may not know how to do so. By organising charitable campaigns, ARO provides a platform to reach to people who are in need”.
At the end of the program, President Aydogan and Federal Member Vamvakinou opened the plaque designed for the ARO Victoria branch.