Our Harvest Festival Wins 2019 Australia Day Award

The Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival was announced Greater Shepparton Community Event of the Year at today’s 2019 Australia Day awards ceremony in the Queens Gardens.

President of the Shepparton Albanian Society Enver Sabri, was proud to receive the award on behalf of the hardworking Festival committee, it’s longtime supporters and the local Albanian community.

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Shepparton Albanian Moslem Society President Enver Sabri, Mary Ahmet,
Shepparton Albanians Women’s Committee and Reg Qemal, Shepparton Albanian Moslem Society Committee Member accepting the Australia Day Award in Shepparton’s Queens Gardens.

“It’s an honour to be part of this gathering here today. The local Albanian community has a strong history here in Greater Shepparton, and we are very proud to add to the multicultural community through our annual celebration of food, family and music,” said Mr Sabri.

The Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival, now running for over 20 years, will return to the Shepparton Showgrounds on March 24 2019. All are welcome.

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Shepparton Albanian Society Committee member Reg Qemal took time to acknowledge the army of volunteers and supporters who made the Festival possible year after year. “It truly is a team effort and would not be the great success it is without your passion, commitment and hard work”.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Councillor Kim O’Keeffe congratulated all awarded recipients and acknowledged the outstanding contributions they have made to Greater Shepparton.

“Thank you to those who took the time to submit a nomination to recognise their fellow citizens, it is fantastic to see individuals doing great things for their community and it is important that we recognise and celebrate them,” Cr O’Keeffe said.

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Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Cr. Kim O’Keeffe with Australia Day Award winners Citizen of the Year Sam Atukorala
Senior Citizen of the Year Heather Lloyd
Young Citizen of the Year and
Sports Award Laura Cole.
Community Event of the Year Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival

Awards were presented in Arcadia, Dookie, Mooroopna, Murchison, Shepparton, Tatura and Toolamba and the Greater Shepparton Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Event of the Year were chosen from these regional winners.

Video – How to make baklava

With our Harvest Festival only weeks away the Shepparton Albanian Women’s Committee are busy preparing the traditional Albanian food for sale.

By far one of the most popular dishes is baklava – layers of pastry sweetened with syrup.

Check out this clip to appreciate the effort that goes into creating this masterpiece. It makes the few dollars you pay for a piece seem cheap in comparison!

Video – Shepparton Albanian Flamur Celebrations

On Saturday, 28 November 2015, the Shepparton Albanian Society celebrated the anniversary of Albania’s Declaration of Independence with a function at the GV Hotel, Shepparton, Australia.

As part of the celebrations, a group of local Albanian children performed a series of dances set to traditional music.

Led by teacher Aida Zeqo, opportunities such as these work to ensure the traditions of our culture are kept alive for the next generation of Australian Albanians.

Check out the highlights video below!

 

Our donation to GV Hospice Care

Yesterday we celebrated the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan with morning prayers at our Mosque in Shepparton.

This gave us the perfect opportunity to present a donation of $3000 to local not-for-profit organisation GV Hospice Care. Hospice supports terminally ill patients and their families in a number of ways, including specialist medical, nursing and pastoral care, bereavement counselling and volunteer support.

Many Albanian families have utilised the free services provided by GV Hospice, so we felt it was a fitting choice when deciding which local charity to support.

Funds donated were raised as part of the two fruit packing days we held earlier in the year. Apples and pears were donated by local Albanian orchardists and were packed by an army of volunteers before being sent off for wholesale.

The balance of the funds raised from this project will go towards a major upgrade to the external grounds at the Shepparton mosque. More will be revealed very soon!

Video – Behind the scenes at the Harvest Festival

Ever wondered what’s involved in putting together an event like the Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival?

This short video showcases what our event is all about and the strong community support behind it.

Thank you to I Am Jaiman for putting this clip together.