Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multi-Cultural Affairs Hon. Jason Wood launched the new website of the Australian International Islamic College at its Carrara Campus.
In the function attended by Cr. Bob La Castra, Angie Bell MP, community leaders, parents and staff, the Assistant Minister explained to students how the recent devastating bushfire brought communities together. He shared some heartwarming stories of Muslims and other communities in his home state of Victoria assisting the affected people and helping the firefighters.
He also formally announced the grant of $784,110 that AIIC has secured through Safer Communities Fund Round 4 to install a comprehensive security infrastructure across its three campuses to improve the safety and security of the students and staff.
Cr. Bob La Castra recalled the early days of the Carrara campus and applauded AIIC’s role in building the bridges with the multicultural communities at the Gold Coast. He also formally announced $40,000 grant that AIIC secured in partnership with Magic United FC and the Gold Coast Knight FC to develop proper soccer fields at Carrara campus.
Federal member for Moncrieff Angie Bell praised our students for their commendable performances and also spoke highly of AIIC’s involvement in community events. She encouraged AIIC to continue these relationships and discussed the importance of being inclusive of all cultures, faiths and people.
In his message, AIIC Founder, Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari thanked the Federal, State and Local Governments for their continued support and reiterated AIIC’s commitment to modernise its operations and infrastructure for effective teaching and learning.
Earlier in her welcome address, AIIC Principal Christine Harman addressed the sad reality that our students are still the subjects of prejudice, and how inspiring it is that these same students go about everything they do with love and compassion. Christine spoke of the pride that the students have in their work as scholars and as young Australians. If these children can carry such love and pride in their heart, in the face of such adversity then our future is surely in safe hands.
On behalf of the Gold Coast Multicultural Bushfire Appeal, Hussain Baba received the cheque for $1000, which was raised by Year 3 students for the bushfire victims. The AIIC Nasheed group mesmerised the audience with their excellent performance of ‘We are one’ and ‘Let it rain’ for which they received a standing ovation from the dignitaries. The program concluded with the Dua by Imam Imran Hussain and Vote of Thanks by Haadiya Muhammed from Year 10.