Planning, Packing & Peers | JAN-FEB Wrap Up

Are you as surprised as I am that we’ve already stumbled upon March? Because even though I’m about to take you through the wrap up, a small part of me wonders whether or not I was present or if the whirlwind that is 2016 got the better of me (in the best possible way, of course)!

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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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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 🙂

“Poverty in Perth?” | Why We Exist

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Now that we’ve become acquainted with one another (and we’ve slowly gotten the hang of WordPress!), let’s get onto why we exist. We’ve told you who we are and what we do, but why do we do it? What purpose does the HFB serve here in Perth – or even in wider Australia, I’m sure you – or someone you know – may ask? Is there even a purpose?

Surely there aren’t any people in “real” need here. Nobody is going hungry or is unsure of how they’re going to make ends meet this month with the rent, groceries and electricity bill, right?

Well, according to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, an estimated 1.2 million Australians live with no idea of when the next meal will come. That’s nearly 1 in 20. Whether it be due to an unstable income, lack of nutritional knowledge, rising cost of housing and living (and an array of other circumstances and issues), 1 in 20 people struggle with obtaining regular access to food. Foodbank WA provides food to over 55, 000 people every month with demand increasing rather than decreasing every year and…”there’s poverty in Perth?”

Unfortunately, often is the case that the 1 in 20 are either not known about at all, forgotten or reduced to mere faceless statistics and it’s important to remember that the struggling are real people. Real individuals and families just trying to make ends meet. Living in poverty means living in a highly subjective state, unique to each person and their situation – and it’s never the black and white image that many of us hold. Rather, it is one of varying shades of grey, painting the picture of what it looks like to be an Australian living poverty.

The bottom line is: the HFB exists because it is needed.

In 2015, HFB Perth hit an average target of packing 100 boxes of food every month – even exceeding 100 a few times. During the month of Ramadan we ran two packing days and, with the generous support of our amazing community, managed 200 boxes in one month! Managing this only further exemplified that it isn’t far-fetched to think that we can do it every month – possibly even exceeding 200 boxes.

We believe that its our duty to go above and beyond to help in any way that we can and if you are interested in making a donation to the HFB (and yes, even small things like one packet of 1kg rice or flour does make a difference) please refer to our Facebook page or email hfbperth@gmail.com for more information.

Also, please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in getting involved with the team in any capacity, or if you have any questions.

Until next time,

Salaams from the Halal Food Bank – Perth Team 🙂