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As an initiative of the community liaison division of the Australian Federal Police, the fourth consecutive Iftar event was held on Sunday 15 August 2010 at the Grand Royale Banquet Hall in South Street, Granville.
ALMA was invited for this Iftar function where AFP commissioner Mr. Tony Negus delivered the keynote address. AFP Sydney office commander Mr. David Stewart also spoke on the occasion. A Muslim Nashid group called "Ahbab El Mustapha" performed live as part of entertainment for the large gathering. This group sang two songs welcoming the month of Ramadhan. Several community leaders, diplomats from several overseas missions, national harmony day leaders, heads of government agencies and politicians attended the function.
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Following consultation with major Masjids in Sydney we can now confirm that fasting begins on Wednesday 11 August 2010 Insha Allah. ALMA executive committee joins me to extend Ramadhan Mubarak to all members and friends for a very beneficial month of Ramadan. Please note that Taraweeh prayers therefore will start tonight (Tuesday).
We understand that a significant number of Muslims will begin fasting on Thursday as well. Therefore we should refrain from vain argument on the matter of "who is right" where highly respected Islamic scholars themselves have not found consensus. We should however remember that Allah (SWT) is generous enough to accept the fasting of all Muslims and open the gates of Al-Rayyan for all.
ALMA has consistently followed the majority community to decide the days of beginning of fasting and the days of Eid.
Please remember to visit this website (www.alma.org.au) for latest updates on ALMA/ACEP announcements.
The 3rd Young Achievers Awards Ceremony to recognise and appreciate the achievements of our youth in various spheres especially who have excelled in their high school studies and embarked on tertiary education was held on 11 July 2010 at the Auburn Town Hall.
The Minister for Local Government, Juvenile Justice and MP for Auburn Hon. Barbara Perry was the chief guest. The Sri Lanka Consul General in Sydney Hon. P.D. Fernando, Mrs. Fernando, Auburn Mayor Hon. Hicham Zraika, Australian Federal Police Community Liaison Officer in Sydney Mr. Fady Taha and a number of other distinguist guests graced the occasion.
It is time again for us to welcome the month of Ramadhan that brings mercy, blessings and great rewards. Insha Allah, we will start fasting on Wednesday 11th August (subject to confirmation). We will bring more information to you as we get a bit closer, Insha Allah.
As of now the following plans have been devised in view of the month of Ramadhan programmes 2010 and Eid celebrations.
As an initiative of the Community Relations Department of the Australian Federal Police, ALMA executive committee members met AFP representatives to discuss issues of mutual interest and to explore avenues to improve good relations with local community members. This meeting follows from the good relations that the Community Relations Department of the AFP has established with several other communities in Sydney.
AFP deputy manager of the Sydney branch Mr. Terry Venchiarutti and the community liaison team leader Mr. Fady Taha represented the AFP. The meeting lasted for about 2 hours where ALMA representatives explained about ALMA and its activities on Friday 14 May 2010 at the Regents Park Community Hall, Amy street, Regents Park.
Hon. Minister for Local Government, Juvenile Justice and MP for Auburn Ms. Barbara Perry was the chief guest at the official opening of the Community Building Partnerships project under which ALMA received funding to run a sewing class for interested women in the community. The opening ceremony coincided with the young achievers awards night on Sunday 11 July 2010 in the Auburn Town Hall building. Speaking on the occasion, the minister pledged her continued support to ALMA and appreciated the effort put in by the community to support skills development projects that benefit not only the individuals but the community as a whole.
Under a state government initiative, the Premier's Department asked for expression of interest from community organisations to submit applications to receive funding for community projects, late last year. This initiative is called "Community Building Partnerships", a project managed by the "Communities NSW" section of the Premier's Department.