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Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair 2005 was a Great
Release to Sada-e-Watan Sydney)
The popular Sydney's annual Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF) was held
last Sunday on 20 November 2005 at the Fairfield Showground, Sydney,
Australia. Again, the turn out reached tens of thousands of people celebrating
Eid under Australian Multiculturalism. The audience were entertained by new
cultural performances, increased variety of rides, much improved organisation
and very smooth management of the festival.
The Chief Guest, Hon John Cobb, MP
& Federal Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
The following are samples of messages received:
I had a stall in the 2005 Eid
Fair (stall 19- Adorable).
I would like to thanks MEFF for
the wonderful arrangement in terms of
overall organisation and
administration of the Eid fair.
This was my first experience
and I think your staff have done a wonderful job.
"It makes my job worthwhile
when I know that there are many in the
community, like me, who love
our multicultural society and all that it
offers. It would be good for
many more in our community to have such a
'Muslim experience' as was on
offer at the festival. I hope it continues to
grow and prosper. I look
forward to my invitation for 2006.
It was an honour and pleasure
to be invited and to read poems at your
splendid Multicultural Eid
Festival and Fair Luncheon yesterday.
Please give my
thanks and congratulations for this inspiring event to all members of the
This year's invited guests, in addition to Muslim leaders, included a large
contingent of interfaith people including a number of Christian, Jewish,
Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist communities representatives who joined in the
festivities. The Chief Guest, Hon John Cobb, MP, Federal Minister for
Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs was highly fascinated by the festive,
crowded and colourful atmosphere and highly commended the organisers for their
The festival was open all day; stall holders coming in at 7 am for setting up
while gates opened to public by 9 am. Cultural programs started at 11.30 am
and ran till 6 pm. The invited guests had formal lunch at 1.30 pm at the
Parkland Function Centre with the Main Ceremony starting at 2.30pm. The
festival closed around 7pm.
Organisers & Sponsors
The festival is organised by the Australian MEFF Consortium Incorporated with
its executive committee of 28 people and a large team of almost 100 volunteers
in a spirit of cooperation. The festival is sponsored by Muslim Community
Co-operative (Australia) Lltd (MCCA) together with Islamic Foundation for
Education & Welfare (IFEW), Andalus Book Store, Homebush Halal Meats, Grand
Apollo Function and Conference Centre and Interfaith Youth Friendship Centre
Zia Ahmad, President of MEFF
wishes to thank the MEFF Executive Committee members for a superb
organisation, Stall Committee for excellent arrangements, large team of
volunteers and supporters for their enthusiasm and dedication and our guests
and patrons for attending this wonderful event and making it a great success.
MEFF 2006 will be held on
Sunday 29 October 2006 at the Fairfield Showground and the preparations have
already started. The stall bookings will start early next year. Early bird
discounts will be available.
MEFF CONTACT: For further information, please contact MEFF Office Phone
(02)9823 2063 Fax: (02) 9823 3626 or via email
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the
MEFF Office Bearers (Management Committee Members 2005-2006)
1. Ahmad, Zia President
2. Ahmad, Najm Vice-President 1
3. Khalil, Usaid Vice-President 2
4. Jamil, Zahid Vice-President 3
5. Alsalami, Ali Secretary
6. Siddiqui, Abul Fateh Assistant Secretary
7. Ahmad, Manar Treasurer
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