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Cricket Victoria celebrates inaugural Iftar dinner

June 12, 2018
Category: Multicultural,
Cricket Victoria celebrates inaugural Iftar dinner

Last week, Cricket Victoria hosted its inaugural Iftar dinner, an evening meal which celebrates Muslims ending their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

In attendance were a range of community leaders, Board members, Victorian Government, Victorian police, Victorian Multicultural Commission, and Cricket Victoria staff who came together to promote and develop cultural understanding. 

Guests were also given a tour of the new CitiPower Centre, followed by a welcome from Cricket Victoria CEO Andrew Ingleton:

“This Iftar is about developing understanding, respect and acceptance of others as key contributors to social harmony, and celebrating the important role that cricket plays in Victorian communities” 

As the light faded, everyone paused to hear the prayer call that ends the days fast followed by the Junction Oval vision screen being illuminated with “Ramadan Kareem” which means “Happy Ramadan”.

Guests then enjoyed their meal and throughout the evening undertook a cultural workshop lead by Mahana Culture alongside a range of guest speakers who shared their journey to Victoria and involvement in cricket.

Guests were also able to hear about the recent success of the Harmony in Cricket Association, which caters for the Victorian Multicultural community through social cricket leagues.

“The Iftar Dinner and Cultural workshop is a wonderful example of how a simple act of sharing a meal together can build mutual respect and understanding between people of different cultures and faiths,” said Cricket Victorian Multicultural Participation officer Hussain Hanif.

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