We are lucky to call Australia home, a multicultural and multiracial country surrounded by society so rich in various cultural skills and different languages. The same is reflected in our workplace, with employees from diverse backgrounds, it allows us to share and learn from other cultures and experiences.

Last Sunday I was privilege to experience a multicultural Eid Dinner organised by MINA (Muslim Information Network of Australasia). Mr Andrew Newcomb, Julie Wain and I were invited by one of our staff, Sheak Abdul Shukar (better known as Abdul) who is part of the organisation that serves the society by helping the vulnerable in Australia. It was a joyous evening with 150 people from different cultural backgrounds, coming together to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan, the month of Mercy. Attendees ranged from social leaders such as Members of Parliament, Mayors, councillors, Victorian police officers, firefighters and many others.

Hasan, Mr Andrew Newcomb, Julie Wain, Abdul, myself and Mohsin

Abdul arrived in Australia 15 years ago from Bangalore, India. Having very limited networks and wanting to better connect with the society, he and four other families joined forces to help feed the homeless. Their effort to serve the society slowly expanded to helping the people at Broadmeadows immigration detention centre. They offer social services, promote character building and they become role models to adolescents in hope to create future role models. Today, MINA is 40 families strong and has an urge to contribute further to society especially on humanitarian aspects.

Abdul and his son Armaan

Abdul started as an Enrolled Nurse five years ago at SVPHM. With the hospital’s support, he furthered his study and became a Registered Nurse. He is planning to be a specialised nurse in the cardiac unit and is intending to start his study next year. We are very proud of Abdul’s professional and personal achievements.  A brilliant example of someone who lives and breathes the hospital’s mission and values. Thank you Abdul for inviting us to immerse in your cultural festivity.