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!

 

 

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

 

Say Hello to Nariman!

1490715942590Our ambassadors are powerhouses.

Nariman joined as an ambassador in 2016. She is a part-time registered nurse and a full-time mother and wife.

“I wanted to give something back to the society and I wanted my kids and family to be involved in it. I believe it is very easy to donate money but dedicating your time and energy is something different.”

Nariman gathers a group of her close friends who pitch in to shop and sponsor over five full boxes of food every month. On top of that, she uses her role as an ambassador to educate her children.

“I wanted my kids to know the meaning of contributing to society and to help others in need. Not just by giving money but also by taking part in activities and volunteering.”

Find out more about Nariman 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

 

 

Say Hello to Jenna!

Our ambassadors are some of the strongest players in our project, spreading the word and championing this cause within their communities.1488120421057
Jenna is a mother of four and works part-time at Breastscreen WA. As well as being involved in her children’s school as a P&F member and Canteen Mum, Jenna uses her role as an ambassador to encourage kids and adults alike to get involved in the community.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity to encourage the kids at LIC to learn to help others and contribute to their community. Personally it is important to give back to those in need within our community. The Prophet (SWS) said, “You will not believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” An-Nawaawi says that “brother” is in humanity, not just in faith.”

Jenna and her children are regular packing day volunteers and she collects her required boxes every month through Langford Islamic College.

Find out more about Jenna 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
Watch this space over the next couple of months to meet the rest of our ambassadors.

“Walking with the Vulnerable” | Meet Tori from Ruah

Tori Ruah

 

The most frequently asked question to our project is: “Where do your food boxes go?”

What underlies this question is a genuine curiosity around poverty and disadvantage in Perth.

In February we were lucky enough to host Tori Cooke, Manager of Family and Justice Services from our partner agency, Ruah. Tori got insight into what we do and was able to shed some light on how our food boxes are used.

Continue reading ““Walking with the Vulnerable” | Meet Tori from Ruah”