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.



Wrap up from the 2016 Harvest Festival

We were blessed with amazing weather at our annual Harvest Festival on Sunday 20 March 2016. More than 3000 people enjoyed a day of music, dancing and food that celebrated Albanian culture.

Our president Enver Sabri said it was one of the bigger crowds we’ve had. “It’s the first year we’ve really advertised and opened it up to everyone.”

The festival was also attended by Kosovo ambassador Sabri Kicmari from Canberra, Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem, and members of the Albanian North Sunshine Eagles Soccer Team.

The event formed part of the Shepparton Festival and was proudly sponsored by Shepparton Show Me.

Check out the image gallery and videos to see how much fun we had!

Autumn Pack Day for Pink Lady Apples

Today we held our last pack day of the season, packing 26 bins of premium pink lady apples, grown in Shepparton, Victoria by Albanian farmers.

Thanks again to all orchardists and suppliers who donated their fruit, packaging and labour to the project.
Ab Shaholli
Adam Sali
Barry Refat
Bill Sali
Billy Barolli
Donny Ymer
Kutrolli Orchards
Michael Perona
Nexhat & Dash Sherif
Plunkett Orchards
Riza & Selim Shaholli
Selman Orchards

Part of the funds raised for the sale of the fruit will be donated to a  local charity – watch the space for further announcements!

Our first Autumn Harvest Pack Day

Today at 7.30am, on a freezing Autumn morning, a group of Shepparton orchardists and volunteers came together to pack fruit as a fundraising effort for our Society and other local charities.

While today’s session focused on packing Packham and Josephine pears, another day is scheduled in the coming weeks for Pink Lady apples.

Check out the video for more information about the project.

A big thank you to the following local farmers and organisations:
Adam Sali
Barry Refat
Besim Orchards
Enver Sabri
Irfan & Zalo Ahmet
Kaso Orchards
Kutrolli Orchards
Nexhat & Dashmir Sherif
Riza & Selim Shaholli
Selman Bros. Transport
Sulejman Orchards
Temhem Orchards

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.