UWS celebrates the breaking of the fast with a Ramadan Iftar
For the eighth consecutive year, the University of Western Sydney has hosted a 'breaking of fast' dinner during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
Close to 300 community members, students and staff attended the event, held with the Sir Ian and Nancy Turbott Auditorium at the UWS Parramatta campus on Saturday 4th August 2012.
Special guests included the Hon Paul Lynch MP, Member for Liverpool; the Hon Barbara Perry MP, Member for Auburn; Dr Geoffrey Lee MP, Member for Parramatta; and the Hon Laurie Ferguson MP, Member for Werriwa.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Senior Constable Danny Mikati from the Bankstown Local Area Command within the NSW Police Force.
Danny shared his experiences as a Muslim police officer in Bankstown and provided an insight into the ways to build cooperation and trust between Muslim communities and the NSW Police Force.
UWS student and member of the UWS Muslim Student Association, Laila Halwani, also shared her experiences as a student at UWS; and UWS Deputy Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Hawkins addressed the assembled guests to speak about the University’s Islamic Studies program and the Religion and Society Research Centre.
23 August 2012
Photo: Olga Nebott