Being Busy Bees & the Big 130 | MAR-APR Wrap Up

We are on the brink of June yet we still get together as a team and talk about how exhausted we are from March and April. The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of events, promo and new endeavours. To save you the trouble of having to read through it all, we spent a lot of time documenting the past couple of months in photographs and videos. Enjoy!

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HFB Perth Likes…Shawn Achor!

Hello, 2016!

Here at HFB – Perth we are big on goals, meeting our targets and exploiting all of the hipster cafes in Perth to figure out how to do so – because nothing says productivity like coffee, desserts and all day breakfasts. Our team has been gearing up for some hard work in 2016, so it was perfect stumbling upon The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor.

Full of gems regarding positivity, happiness, success and work, I wanted to share a few of my own thoughts about these concepts and how they have related to my work with the Halal Food Bank – Perth.

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That’s a Wrap! | 2015 in Review

2015 has been a phenomenal year for the Halal Food Bank – Perth team. We cannot even begin to express our gratitude and astonishment at the way the project and the team has grown in such a short amount of time. So I am here, your resident HFB – Perth blogger, to wrap this year up, take a look back at what we have achieved this year through countless blessings and where our sights are set for 2016.

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#2 | HFB Perth Reads…

As of late, I’ve been getting more and more familiar with the concept of: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I feel we need to re-evaluate what we think of when we discuss “charity” & “poverty”; what do those terms even mean to us and are the connotations more harmful than we think? What do we aim to achieve when we think of “giving charity”? Are we contributing time and effort into building sustainable projects in which those that are disadvantaged are actively contributing and developing their independence (see: Mia Birdsong) or are we simply donating our bit here and there (whether it be money, clothes or food) and then being done with it?

Now, that’s not to say that those contributions are ineffective or invalid in any way: there is a definite need for them, but they are often short-term endeavours. The ideal is that there no longer exists a need for projects such as these due to their replacement by sustainable initiatives that are long-term and supported, not only by people passionate about helping others, but by the people that are struggling themselves.

The Islamic tradition is explicit when it dictates that the disadvantaged in society have a right over us. It is a duty that we must fulfil, one of the obligations of our faith being that of Zakat (meaning purification: in which we must donate 2.5% of our wealth to those in need) – but we as a community need to think about how we go about purifying that wealth and contributing.

An article found on the Virtual Mosque by Louiza Chekhar discusses just this. Titled “Dignity, not Charity”, this insightful piece serves as a reminder that there should be more to aiding someone in need; giving somebody what they need in that moment is helpful, but supplying someone with the tools and ability to provide for themselves and their family in the long run gives them so much more. Chekhar delves into the concept of affording someone their rightful dignity and honour when they are struggling by exploring the ‘Prophetic model of charity’.

You can read the full article here.

Until next time,

Salaams from the Halal Food Bank – Perth Team 🙂

And the Winner Is… | POINT REP PLAYOFFS 2015

Sunday the 4th of October 2015 marked HFB-Perth’s first ever Point Rep Playoffs (PRPO) packing competition. Stemming from a rivalry between collection points Mirrabooka and Padbury (and point representatives Nicole and Nomaan, respectively), the showdown at Padbury’s Al Majid Mosque had been highly anticipated.

In the end, one team did emerge victorious but we’ll get to that later…or you can just scroll down and find out, but I live on the hopes that you are far more enticed by my rambling than just the result, right?

Right?

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#1 | HFB Perth Reads…

Much misunderstanding and ignorance surrounds the issue of living in poverty; as this week is National Anti-Poverty Week, efforts are being made to break down barriers and encourage conversation to educate and break the stigma. In an article by Orlander Ruming, the issue of the cost of living and, by extension, the cost of housing are discussed as major contributing factors when it comes to struggling families in regional areas.

“Without access to housing people find it almost impossible to get and keep a job, to send their kids to school or to address any other ongoing issues in their lives. It’s a key foundation for addressing disadvantage,” NCOSS chief executive officer Tracy Howe said.

You can read the complete article here.

Until next time,

Salaams from the Halal Food Bank – Perth Team 🙂