Hazara volunteers honoured for hard work

Narre Warren South MP Gary Maas, and City of Casey councillors with member sof the Hazara community. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Hazara volunteers of the United Cultural Support Inc have been congratulated at a Hazara volunteer recognition event held on Saturday, 8 June.

The event was attended by more than 50 people, which took place at the Selandra Community Hub, Clyde North.

Narre Warren South MP Gary Maas joined Casey Mayor Amanda Stapledon; local business owner Adam Sadiqzai, and president of the United Cultural Support Inc, Sadia Ali, to acknowledge the important work of 15 Hazara volunteers.

The City of Casey has the highest Afghanistan-born population in Victoria and the Hazara are one of Afghanistan’s largest ethnic minorities.

Mr Maas said the United Cultural Support Inc. volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the community, dedicating their time to promoting social inclusion and active community engagement.

“Volunteers are the backbone of any successful community, working hard for no financial reward,” he said.

Mr Maas and Mr Sadiqzai were delighted to present awards to the hardworking Hazara volunteers and congratulated them on their achievements.

“I look forward to attending many future events that acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of volunteers who make our community an even better place to live.”

Ms Ali said: “We are incredibly grateful to the many volunteers who provide support across all of United Cultural Support’s programs, allowing us to provide more assistance to organise more programs for the community.”