Eid Cards 2017

The HFB Eid cards are back for 2017!

2017-06-08_collage_other entries3 (final).jpgFor the past three years, we have been putting Eid cards into our food boxes each Ramadan.

And each year, we have been consulting the children in our community for their genius to produce the designs!

This year, Sr Halida’s year 3 class from Australian Islamic College – Dianella took the challenge on and turned it into a competition.

We add the Eid cards each year as a warm greeting to the recipients of our food boxes. It’s also a great way to get the kids in our community engaged from a young age, even if it’s with something as simple as designing an Eid card.

(It’s also at least 30% for us because we get the giggles every time – kids are adorable and have wonderful imaginations, okay?!)

We have chosen three winners from 17 entries and they are:

 

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A big shoutout to the amazing kids from AIC Dianella and their wonderful teacher for facilitating this initiative.

Meaningful Contributions

Sometimes you wish and work and hope for things…and sometimes magical things just fall right into your lap.

It was an ordinary Tuesday morning and Maryam hit up the Whatsapp chat group to see if we had anything to share with our Facebook followers.

I started scrolling through my phone to see if I could find a cute photo or video from a previous packing day to share – #ThrowbackTuesday is still a thing, right?

But then Kamran came through with this:

“One of the donors decided to donate instead of throwing a birthday party for her 2 year old son.”

And then he sent through this gorgeous photo which we immediately began gushing over:

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Duke Iman’s HFB haul!

Magical things!

I was recently doing some research for HFB with regards to donations and community engagement with initiatives like ours, and I came across this quote:

“Where we are seeing a lift is in the general community; more individuals are engaging in smaller, but still meaningful, contributions.”

When Kamran brought this wonderful act to our attention, that quote was the first thing that came to mind.

Parents choosing to turn their son’s second birthday into an opportunity to teach him about social responsibility is a meaningful contribution (also, at 2 years old! How amazing! Superhero parents!)

Check out what our fantastic donor had to say about their initiative:

My son is Duke Iman, 2 years old. On his birthday, instead of a gift and a party, we want to give to charity to teach him basic humanity.

So it’s going to be our small family tradition annually and we kickstarted with you guys.

We feel blessed to be part of this great cause. Thank you for making our community better 🙂

These tiny acts of awesomeness can be done anywhere and by anyone! Why not start up your own donation box at your workplace or school? Host a morning tea with your closest friends for a good cause? Cycle around Australia as a fundraiser? 😉

No matter how small or grandiose your plans are, we want to hear about them. Get in touch with us at hfbperth@gmail.com today!

 

 

The Smallest Thing: #HFBClassroom

Sr. Munira said it best when she said: “Whatever little you can contribute, it is a lot.” 

Most don’t realise that the smallest thing can have the biggest impact.

I know that charities and not-for-profits say things like this all the time, so you’ve probably heard it before.

But you haven’t heard anything until you’ve heard Nicole, our Inventory Coordinator, excitedly waving a ten dollar note in the air and shouting, “You don’t understand! Do you know how much food I can buy with this?!” 

A four-year-old giving a dollar from their piggy bank doesn’t comprehend the gravity of their donation…but we do when we are able to stack can, after can, after can onto our shelves.

Even something as small as a kind word about our project has created waves for us, allowing us to expand our reach into the community.

Almost all of our new volunteers and contributors tell us that they heard about our project from their friends and family.

Because one person bothered to say something kind about the work we are so passionate about, we are able to pack 200 boxes worth of food every single month.

Because one person bothered to say something kind, we are continuously given more space to grow and connect with our community.

Never underestimate the small things. After all, trees start out as nothing but seeds.

See what Sr. Munira had to say about bringing the HFB initiative to her school below:

If you’d like to do something similar at your school or would simply like to know how to make this initiative your own, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us: hfbperth@gmail.com

Welcome to the HFB Classroom!

Believe it or not, one of the strongest foundations of our project has always been kids!

Whether they are as young as five-years-old or being dragged in by their parents as teens, kids have always been present within the HFB-Perth space.

20170324_144010-01“HFB Classroom” was born from continuous support of local Perth schools. Whether it’s parents and the P&C, the teachers or the students themselves, schools have been taking on our project and making the initiative their own to ensure that their community does not go without food.

In March, we had the honour of hosting a mini-packing day at the Langford Islamic College (LIC). They raised 26 boxes worth of food for us with the fundraising left entirely in the hands of the students.

Four LIC students joined us at our March packing day to see the process through in its entirety and sat down to tell us how they went!

Check out what they had to say below:

Say Hello to Marianne!

Our first ever ambassador needs no introduction. This phenomenal lady has been a part of the HFB family since Ramadan 2015. She is a full-time mother to our poster children (you know the ones) and probably the biggest Dockers supporter in WA.

Marianne collects donations at her children’s 1488119914253primary school: Al-Hidayah Islamic School in Bentley.

“The school collects each month as a part of its community engagement program. The lower grades collect one month, the upper grades the following month. Any shortfall is usually made up by others in my circle of friends as well as my mother, mother-in-law and our brothers at the masjid.”

Marianne champions the notion of leading by example within the community and her family.

“I was motivated to join HFB because I wanted to do some community work with my family…I wanted to develop the desire and eagerness within my children to need to help others less fortunate than themselves – to show them that charity is more than just putting money in a box. It involves physical effort and sacrifice of our time but the results are worth every bit. There is always someone in need of help [and] everyone deserves to be happy, healthy and safe.”

Check out what else Marianne had to say about her role below!

If you’d like to get in touch and find out more, please email us at hfbperth@gmail.com

Say Hello to Husna!

Our ambassadors are constantly going above and beyond for us.

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Husna is a part of Perth’s Indonesian community and has been a part of the HFB family for a year. She started out as a packing day volunteer but then took on the role of ambassador when Sr. Niniel (a former ambassador) moved interstate.

Every month she coordinates her community to collect, pick up and drop off donations – essentially running her own mini-HFB complete even with her own ambassadors.

To understand just how awesome Husna and the Indonesian community are, simply note down the fact that instead of raising the minimum of 5 food boxes in March…they collected 24 boxes worth of food!

Find out more about Husna and her experience as an ambassador below!

If you’d like to get in touch and find out more, please email us at hfbperth@gmail.com