On Saturday 26 January, Affinity executive members Mehmet Saral and Saban Izgun attended a Polynesian Day BBQ as a part of Neighbourhood Day in order to distribute Ashura (Noah’s Pudding). There were approximately100 people, most who were Saban Izgun’s Guardian colleagues from Silverwater and Long Bay Detention Centre along with their families.

There were a couple of Muslim families at the BBQ who knew what Ashura was and quickly snapped up servings of Ashura for all members of their family.

The Polynesians, who did not know what the dish was, were more precautious in trying the Ashura. However, some Polynesians who did try it loved it, whilst others decided to take it home. The day was great success in promoting neighbourhood day