ALMA 2010 high achievers awards dinner – A recipient’s view. By Afnan Fazli
On the 11th of July 2010, the Austra-Lanka Muslim Association held their 3rd Young achievers awards ceremony. It was held to recognise and honour the boys and girls that successfully completed their high school studies and commenced tertiary education. The evening not only was a show of support to the recipients, but it also had another purpose in encouraging and motivating the younger members of the community to even greater success. As a recipient, I found the night very gratifying.
The night contained a showcase of the exciting future prospects to come, in the form of the excellent children’s program. With some breathtaking singing, humorous and educative storytelling, and an awesome “professors-like” presentation on Islam and Science it portrayed the ALMA kids at not only academically capable, as showed through the ceremony, but as well-rounded individuals that can contribute to the wider society as noted by the chief guest, Hon. Minister Barbra Perry. Indeed, as my fellow recipient Abraar Abdul Gafoor said when speaking on behalf of all of us, the development of leadership, communication, teamwork and organisational skills were just as important, if not more than academic skills. He pointed out that ALMA’s community education program presented opportunities and encouraged its students to participate in extra-curricular activities, and that initiatives such as this presentation ceremony was a fantastic recognition for the hard work and dedication that the young members put out which in turn induces the younger members to aspire for greater things.
The receiving of an award such as this is immensely satisfying, as it’s really great to know that I have a community that values my effort and is behind me. No doubt it would be the same for the others. It also illustrates how lucky we younger members of ALMA are, as not everyone has such an encouraging community behind them, and definitely is a factor in the accomplishments attained by all of us. The ability to socialise and catch up with friends, the opportunity to be acquainted with prominent members of society such as the Auburn mayor, the minister for local government, the consulate general of Sri Lanka and public relations liaison officer of the AFP, was possible only due the hard work put in by the organisers of the event. The exposure to such people, and receiving their tribute conveys the sense to us that we are positively contributing to the wider society and hence creates a feeling of fulfilling an aspect of our Iman. Not to mention the fact that we get an awesome plaque and a valuable certificate with a minister’s signature on it! Overall, one can safely say that the night was a tremendous success, and as a recipient I and I’m sure the others as well, are extremely grateful to a wonderful community.
– By: Afnan Fazli