Carnival celebration open to all
IN 2010, Sam Youssef felt there was a need to promote his culture and encourage inclusivity in WA.
It was then he came up with the idea and founded the Australian Arab Association, an organisation that has grown to new heights in five years.
He said he wanted to create a place where people could feel safe and find help.
“We also wanted to promote our heritage and culture and make it clear we were no different to mainstream society,” he said.
Accompanied by his wife Amal, Mr Youssef said the association was non-political and non-religious.
“It’s just a place where youth can come, where the elderly can feel safe and where people can feel part of a community,” he said.
This month, the association will host a Multicultural Eid Carnival to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
“We felt a celebration was needed for the end of Ramadan in WA,” Mrs Youssef said.
“But its open to everyone, everyone is welcome, and each year it gets bigger and bigger.”
Sam and Amal Youssef with Mirvatte Kaddour.