On Sunday, 18 May, Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) and Muslim Charitable Foundations (MCF), together hosted the 25 Seeds of Goodness charity fundraiser at Michael’s Oriental Restaurant, to raise funds for worldwide agricultural projects to eradicate poverty.
The afternoon's proceedings was compèred by Junaid Ally who entertained and engaged the audience through a delicious lunch spread.
Hafiz Muhammad Khatree recited and translated passages from the Holy Quran to start the function.
Muslim Aid Australia’s Chairperson, Madenia Abdurahman, welcomed the guests on behalf of the international and local charity organizations MAA and MCF respectively.
Secreatry of the MCF Board, Yusuf Khatree, delivered an informative and comprehensive presentation of his foundation's local and global activities since their founding in 2009.
The two organisations, MCF and MAA, officially joined hands by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to work both locally and globally for humanitarian aid and development.
MAA’s CEO, Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy, highlighted the importance of the MCF and MAA partnership, whilst also addressing the importance of trust, transparency and accountability.
World renowned expert, designer, and educator in the field of Permaculture, Geoff Lawton had the crowd in awe as he spoke about how it was possible to eradicate poverty through a uniquely sustainable method of aid and development called Permaculture. His successes in Jordan, where he and his team were able to green a portion of the desert using Permaculture techniques, brought home the fact that it was possible to grow food in almost any part of the world.
The much anticipated skills of local auctioneering Hussin Goss came to the fore when he helped take the funds raised that afternoon to over $40,000.
MAA Queensland's general manager, Riyaad Ally, told CCN: "I want to thank everyone who helped, participated and witnessed this historic cooperation between MAA and MCF and for bringing the possibilities of a truly sustainable initiative to our attention."