It is an honour to be here on behalf of the Minister for Multiculturalism and Sport, Geoff Lee, as we come together this evening to celebrate Iftar.
I can assure you that the Minister and I are devoted to supporting the AFL community wherever we can.
Iftar is the evening meal which symbolises the ending of the daily Ramadan fast at sunset. It is fantastic to see that so many people are joining together to mark this very special occasion here tonight.
Over the past 10 seasons, the GWS Giants have demonstrated their commitment to not just the game of AFL, but to the wider community more broadly.
It is important that we continue to use community sport as a driving force behind promoting inclusion and embracing diversity within society.
The GWS Giants are leading the charge and are continuing to create partnerships throughout the State with a number of key organisations including Headspace, Soldier On and Ronald McDonald House Westmead.
These partnerships are an incredible avenue for mentoring and supporting children and youth while inspiring the next generation of players, students and working professionals.
Through my role as Co-chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of AFL, I look forward to seeing the continued involvement of sporting organisations within the wider community.
Whether it is a Giants player visiting a child at Headspace, or your whole organisation coming together for an event like this, you are making a difference.
We can never underestimate the role that the AFL and other community organisations play in promoting inclusion and cultural connection.
Can I also thank the Bachar Houli Foundation for partnering with the GWS Giants for tonight’s event. Your organisation is doing an outstanding job at developing young leaders within the Muslim community and that is something that you should all be very proud of.
So on that note, I do wish the GWS Giants the best of luck for tomorrow’s game and I hope that everyone has enjoyed coming together for this event to acknowledge the importance of the Muslim community in NSW.