2016 Iftar Dinner – Melbourne
ARO Victoria branch has organised its second annual iftar dinner on Thursday, 30 June 2016. The event was held at the Serenity Reception Centre, where more than 240 guests attended the iftar dinner from various communities.
Cr Helen Patsikathedorou The Mayor of Hume; Ali Goru ARO Victoria State Manager; Ibrahim Dellal Selimiye Foundation Honorary President; Mesut Lelik Selimiye Foundation CEO; Hj. Abdul Hamid Bin Ashari President of the Malay Educational and Cultural Center; Fikret Klipic Director of the Bosnian Mosgue in Deer Park; Omer A.Ergi General Manager of ISRA; Muhsin Canbolat President of Serenity Foundation; Serdar Takimoglu Coordinating Principal of Sirius Colleges; representatives of several associations and community leaders were present at the iftar Dinner.
Ali Goru, ARO VIC State Manager, made the opening speech. Goru shared a presentation with the guests, demonstrating past and present projects that were carried out within Australia and internationally.
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 may 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”.
Then Omer A. Ergi, General Manager of ISRA Victoria has made an encouraging speech about the importance of giving and helping each other.
The Hume Mayor Cr.Helen Patsikathedorou made the final speech stating that she has been honored to be with us in the iftar dinner and wished a happy Ramadan for everyone. Cr. Patsikathedorou continued her speech signifying the value of multiculturalism and the value of living in Australia in peace. Cr. Patsikathedorou also stated that we learn from each other everyday and she is happy to share an iftar dinner with the people in this event.
Then a number of certificates of appreciation were presented to donors by The Hume Mayor Cr. Helen Patsikathodorou for orphanage and water wells projects, as well as iftar and food pack compaigns. Finally, a hand made ceramic plate was presented to Hume Mayor by Mesut Lelik CEO Selimiye Foundation as a reminder of the night.