The Legislative Council agreed to a motion supporting Shaoquett Moselmane MLC and Rockdale City Council for raising over $16,000 for victims of the catastrophic Nepal Earthquakes.
Moselmane and Rockdale City Council hosted a fundraiser on the May 3 , 2015, which was well-attended by over 140 people, including:
- The Honourable the Consul-General of Nepal, His Excellency Deepak Khadka;
- Newly-elected Member for Rockdale, Steve Kamper;
- Mayor of Rockdale, Shane O’Brien;
- Deputy Mayor of Rockdale, Liz Barlow;
- Emeritus Mayor Councillor Bill Saravinovski;
- Rockdale Councillors Joe Awada and Tarek Ibrahim; and
- Liverpool Councillor Ali Karnib.
Moselmane expressed his condolences on behalf to the people of Nepal, where an estimated 10,000 lives are believed to be lost.
“Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal who have just experienced a second disastrous earthquake,” Moselmane said.
“Rockdale has a strong affinity with Nepal, with over 2,000 residents being of Nepali descent, some of whom had relatives directly affected by the earthquake.”
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Nepal, and hope that these funds will help contribute to the rebuilding of people’s lives.”
Moselmane also thanked and acknowledged the Rockdale Migrant Resource Centre, Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre, the Australian Arab Council, Risalla College, local businesses and community media as well as religious leaders Father Brendan Quirk, Father Manual Santiago, Sheikh Kamal Mouslimani and Reverend Martin Goodwin.
Moselmane also acknowledged the other Legislative Council Members who spoke in support of the motion: the Hon Sophie Cotsis, the Hon Ernest Wong, the Hon Courtney Houssos, the Hon Daniel Mookhey, the Hon Paul Green, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, the Hon Shayne Mallard and the Hon John Ajaka.
The money raised will go to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
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