2016 Autumn Pack Day – Pears

Yesterday morning, a group of local Albanian fruit growers and volunteers gave up their time to pack fruit at Shaholli Orchards. This pack day follows on from the success of last year’s two pack days, which saw over $20,000 raised for the Shepparton Albanian Society.

Part of this money was used to upgrade the front and back fences at the mosque, which was completed last year.

The Society also made a donation to GV Hospice Care.

Thank you to everyone involved in organising this community-driven fundraising effort! We hope to make some announcements on the projects that this funding will support soon.

 

 

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!

Commemorating our ancestors

The Shepparton Albanian Moslem Society will be commissioning a commemorative monument in Shepparton’s sister city Korçë.

The monument will be created to honour those who have emigrated from the Korçë region to Shepparton or surrounding towns.

These individuals and families played a crucial role in the formation of the Albanian community in Victoria, and the creation of a sister city relationship between Shepparton and Korçë.

WHERE WILL THE MONUMENT BE BUILT?
The monument will be built at a central garden location in Korce, Albania. We are currently awaiting final approval from the local Council in Korce, and will announce further details once confirmed.

WHEN WILL THE MONUMENT BE CREATED?
Construction of the monument is due to commence in late 2015.

Additional plaque orders will be accepted after this date, however placement of names on the plaque will be favoured to those who order before June 30.

HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED?
You can show your support with two options:

Option one: Buy a plaque
Plaques can be ordered for an individual or a family (see application form for an example). Please note, plaque sizes will remain the same, so the text size for a family plaque will be noticeably smaller compared to an individual plaque.
Cost: $500 per plaque

Option two: Become a sponsor
Individuals, couples or a family can instead choose to become a sponsor and donate funds to the project, with their names engraved at the back of the monument.
Cost: $300 per donation

Download your application form here:
Plaque_Application_Form

Mosque Beautification Update

If you have visited the Shepparton Albanian Mosque recently you may have noticed a few changes as part of our ongoing Mosque Beautification Project. Thanks to generous donations from the local community, we have completed the following projects:

– Installation of new sprinkler system
– Revamp of front yard garden beds
– Re-gravelling of courtyard area surrounding plaque
– Pressure washing outside mosque walls

The committee are very grateful for those that have donated money so far for this project, thank you! The next major projects include:
– Upgrade to back yard and front yard fencing
– Creation of playground area in the back yard
– Concrete paving and seating area extension

We look forward to crossing off more from our wish list as we raise more funds.