Wrapping Up 2016!

Tomorrow marks the first day of 2017! But for the minute, it is still 2016 so let’s take this moment to look back on our highlights of the year.

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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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The Point Rep Playoffs Are Coming!

It’s no secret that we like a little bit of healthy competition here at HFB – Perth. We like it so much that two of our Collection Point Reps (Nicole and Nomaan who represent the Mirrabooka and Padbury collection points, respectively) kicked off a Donation Derby and competed two months in a row to see who could collect the most donations.

The time that Padbury absolutely dominated in the donation department.
The time that Padbury absolutely dominated in the donation department.

(We also may like a little bit of alliteration around here if the captions are anything to go by.)

The time that Mirrabooka made March magnificent.
The time that Mirrabooka made March magnificent.

This homegrown rivalry known as the Donation Derby then gave rise to the Point Rep Playoffs. On the 4th of October 2015 at Padbury Mosque, HFB – Perth will be hosting a packing competition between the two Collection Point Rep’s that brought the Donation Derby to life.

Will you be supporting #TeamNicole?

Or #TeamNomaan?

Come down and join us! All are welcome – check out the event page here!

Until next time,

Salaams from the Halal Food Bank – Perth Team 🙂