How we’ve come together to support the community in 2022
After the challenges of the past few years, you’d be forgiven for thinking 2022 would be easier. Unfortunately, we are still riding the waves of COVID, many members of our community have been displaced or put in financial stress due to the recent floods, and those who need it most still rely on Brothers In Need and our committed volunteers to provide much-needed services.
It’s been a busy but incredibly rewarding 2022 at Brothers In Need, so let’s reflect on some of the highlights from the year and look ahead to a brighter 2023 and beyond.
Starting the year with a bang
We kicked off 2022 the same way we wrapped up the previous year – by getting amongst our community and helping those who need it most.
Our first Soup Kitchen for the year was held at The Culinary School in Punchbowl. We had a host of volunteers cook up an absolute storm. The freshly made meals were later distributed to our homeless community members in Martin Place and across various parts of the Sydney CBD.
Some of the most memorable highlights from our Soup Kitchen initiatives this year included:
- Having the wonderful Salesforce team cook over 120 delicious meals for refugees.
- Getting our friends at Central Sydney Wolves Soccer Club to volunteer their time and cooking skills to feed the homeless community.
- Cooking for a cause with Al Faisal College, who created possibly the tastiest-ever butter chicken with rice and naan!
- Being supported by Piety Group who cooked up and then distributed some incredibly delicious food to the financially disadvantaged, refugees, single mums and community members in need.
Thank you to our volunteers and our friends at The Culinary School for their amazing support throughout the year! Find out more about our other initiatives here.
Community spirit at Ramadan
In collaboration with Bankstown Central, we spent the month of Ramadan conducting our Eid Giving Moon initiative, where patrons could donate gifts that were later distributed to community members in need during Eid. Gifts included toys, food products, drinks, plus much more.
A generous member of the community also organised an iftar, whereby all profits went towards Brothers In Need, The Rehabilitation Project & Project Quran. Ramadan Iftar was a night full of fun and food in April. We would like to thank Br. Mohamad and Sr. Joumana for a wonderful event held at the Gardens On Forest in Peakhurst.
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With so much going on in our everyday lives, it’s easy to overlook those who are struggling – whether it’s people in our community sleeping rough on the streets or residents trying to minimise the damage of increasing flood crises.
But when an issue strikes closer to home, such as a family member or loved one struggling with mental health issues, it’s important to take steps to support them through these difficult times.
Food hamper packs
Throughout the year, we put together food hamper packs to assist refugees, orphans, widows, families doing it tough, and the needy. As part of our Mobile Food Pantry initiative, Brothers In Need has been delivering food hampers and hot food packs to financially disadvantaged and vulnerable people since 2015.
In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been significant financial and social impacts on people from various diverse communities, resulting in higher unemployment rates, a greater risk of poverty, and a greater reliance on welfare assistance to cover basic needs such as food and shelter.
Thank you to our friends at Sadaqa Welfare Fund, Thomas Foods International – Australia, Chillex Logistics, Big Fresh Sefton, Chullora FruitLand and OzHarvest for supporting community members in need.
If you would like to contribute towards the Mobile Food Pantry, you can make a donation here.
Brothers in Need Leadership Impact Award
Brothers In Need were honoured to support Crescent Wealth’s Crescent Awards Night. The initiative recognised and showcased the inspired contributions and efforts of educators, educational teams, educational leaders and administrators, and Muslim learners across sites of education in Australia.
The Brothers in Need Leadership Impact Award recognises an aptitude for leadership in school or in an external setting, and leadership activity that demonstrates outstanding contribution, service, or effort, with impact, inclusive of personal growth and refinement, that has demonstrably benefited self and others. Congratulations to both finalists – Layth Alsomai from the Australian International Academy, Kellyville, and Anhaar Kareem from Al Noori Muslim School.
A big thank you to Crescent Wealth, Islamic Relief Australia, and all the other sponsors who helped make the event possible.
Microsoft x Brothers In Need collaboration
In November we had the pleasure of meeting the team from Microsoft ANZ, who joined us for our Hospital Program. We visited Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital and handed out gifts to sick children, with the hope of bringing a smile to their faces.
We would like to thank the team at Microsoft for kindly donating not just the gifts, but their time in supporting the local community.
What you can do
2022 has been a tough year for many in our community. We’ve not only dealt with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but also countless floods that have devastated parts of regional NSW. Every little bit helps, so whether you’d like to make a one-off donation or a recurring contribution to Brothers In Need, you can make a donation online.
Thank you so much for your support and generosity in 2022. We hope you spend the end-of-year surrounded by loved ones, and keep an eye out as we will be back amongst the community to give back to those who need it most.
Mission statement: The mission of Brothers In Need (non-profit organisation) is to offer a helping hand to those less fortunate than us within the community.