Q and A with…Benazir Rasoli, youth coordinator at Bakhtar Cultural Association

Meet Benazir! Picture: SUPPLIED

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I have never died my hair before. I have always wanted to but never had the nerve to do it.

What is your favourite cuisine?

Everyone who knows me knows this one! It is a traditional Afghan dish called “Qorma Chalau” which is white rice and beef curry.

What has been your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment would be my Europe trip of 2017. It was a very special trip where my whole family and I travelled 5 countries in the span of 14 days before coming to a stop in Germany for the remaining 14 days.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

There are many people who inspire me every day and for many reasons. But my biggest inspirations are my parents. They are the strongest and most loving people I know and if I could be half of what they are today, I would be a very happy person. I am proud to call them my parents.

What were you like at school?

I was a bright student who always sat in the front of the class and was eager to learn. I always loved my science and biology classes. I then went on to become School Captain in year 12.

If you were Prime Minister for a day, what would be the first thing you would do?

Change the mental health system so that people didn’t have to go into an emergency crisis before being seen by a psychiatrist and make it more affordable as it should be an essential service available to everyone.

What is your favourite holiday destination?

I can’t pick between Venice and Dubai. Venice was a dream and Dubai was a blast.

What are you most looking forward to when lockdown ends?

My weekly brunches and gym.

What does your role at Bakhtar involve?

My role is the Youth Coordinator and involves advocating for our youth in the community. I am responsible for bringing mental health awareness to members of the community and being a voice for them to ensure issues are heard. We work with and for the community.

What do you love about the Casey community?

I love the diversity. No two houses are the same, no two households are the same and everyone gels so well together despite being from different communities, backgrounds and having different beliefs.