Ambulance Victoria in collaboration with Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) continued its strong tradition with the third annual Ambulance Victoria Community Iftar Dinner.
The evening’s master of ceremonies was Associate Prof Tony Walker, CEO of Ambulance Victoria who mentioned some of the developments happening within Ambulance Victoria and how this partnership has bore fruit on so many fronts. Imam Bekim Hasani from the Albanian Australian Islamic Society gave the call to prayer and recited several verses from the Quran followed by welcome speeches Ken Lay AO, Chair of Ambulance Victoria who welcomed all the guests and spoke about how these kinds of events are an opportunity to learn more about the community, an opportunity to learn more about one of the world’s greatest religions and also an opportunity for Ambulance Victoria to learn how it can better serve the community.
The keynote guest speaker for the evening was Dr Masad (Naba) Al Fayadh, Junior Doctor at Eastern Health and founder of Happy Brain Education. She gave an inspiring and informative speech on the her passion to help out those in need through her charity which plays a strong role in supporting migrant communities. She also discussed her observations from her study tours and international placements overseas to Africa and the Middle East and how the poor educational and living standards are an ongoing goal for her to create a much more equal society in eradicating poverty and malnutrition by establishing a universal health and education system. Following the keynote, guests were treated to a fabulous poetic recital by year 8 student Aleyna Altinors who read a poem about Ramadan followed by a poem she wrote about our paramedics, the ‘Heroes with no capes’. She received great acclaim for acknowledging the many unsung heroes of Ambulance Victoria as they go about their daily work.
The evening concluded with audience members having the opportunity to share their reflections on the evening’s program followed by a vote of thanks from Ahmet Keskin Executive Director of AIS with an exchange of gifts.