Arabs put out hand of friend­ship

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

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 as­so­ci­a­tion 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 that they needed.

“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 non­po­lit­i­cal 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 Ra­man­dan in WA,” Mrs Youssef said.

“But it’s open to ev­ery­one. Ev­ery­one is welcome, and each year it gets big­ger and bet­ter.”

Com­mu­nity News will have a stall. Come say hello.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439940

Sam and Amal Youssef with Mir­vatte Kad­dour.

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