Charles Sturt University (Port Macquarie) & Affinity Intercultural Foundation gathered for the third time on a dinner table on 3rd of July 2015. This wonderful event takes place every Ramadan for the past three years since 2013.
Members from various walks of life gathered to celebrate the breaking of the fast (Iftar) with Muslim friends from Affinity Intercultural Foundation as well as colleagues & muslim students that are on campus.
Ahmet Polat (Executive Director of Affinity) and Professor Heather Cavanagh (Head of CSU at Port Macquarie) were the co-hosts for the evening and extended their warm welcomes to the guests after the breaking of the fast.
In his welcome speech Ahmet Polat emphasized the importance of sharing a meal and breaking bread together during the dinner. –
“Each year we see the Muslim community open their hearts and their homes to the general public, as they invite friends from all walks of their life to be around the dinner table,” he said.
Current CSU head of campus Professor Heather Cavanagh said she has heard “a lot” about previous dinners, and was “looking forward to an exciting and engaging evening” at Sails Resort.
Assoc. Prof Mehmet Ozalp delivered the keynote address for the program. In his speech Mr. Ozalp stressed the importance of diversity & in what ways could embrace diversity.
After dinner the guest were offered baklava & kadayif for dessert while floor reflections from various guests taken. The program came to a close with a vote of thanks by Mehmet Saral (Affinity Advisory Board member).