Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Migration and Settlement Awards recognise GWS Giants outreach

Migration and Settlement Awards recognise GWS Giants outreach
August 19, 2015

Greater Western Sydney GIANTS Head of Community Ali Faraj was among the winners at the 2015 Australian Migration and Settlement Awards - being named Case Worker of the Year at a ceremony held in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra on Monday night (17th August).

With the role sport plays in helping Australia's social cohesion just one of the many fields being recognised in the annual Migration and Settlement Awards.

Faraj was recognised for his extensive work with the multitude of multicultural communities in Western Sydney and his knowledge and experience of multicultural issues and helping deliver harmony and social cohesion outcomes.

Faraj has been instrumental in setting up Giants Care, the club's groundbreaking community program that has seen the Giants double its community initiatives in Sydney's west.

Giants Chairman Tony Shepherd paid tribute to Faraj following his win, stating “Ali works very closely with the communities that make up Western Sydney and this award is great recognition of his dedication.

“I am proud of the work the Giants do in the community and Ali is a huge part of this.

“Social Cohesion is a key area of our club and in particular Giants Care and through this program Ali is helping us further enrich the lives of many people in Western Sydney."

Faraj, a former teacher, explained how the GWS Giants' outreach program targeted young people in the area and helped them understand what it took to succeed in Australia's culturally diverse society.

Prior to receiving his award, Faraj told the ABC "participation is important - it is important to get young people from different cultures together first and foremost, and for them to be educated about what exists out there in our society."

Faraj said it was important for teenagers to feel they belonged, stating "some kids do feel alienated, but I guess it is from a lack of connection with different cultures and different faiths, but we hope at the GWS Giants that we bring all cultures together."

The Australian Migration and Settlement Awards are organised by the Migration Council of Australia and recognise the contribution of organisations and individuals in supporting migrants settling in Australia.

Council Chief Executive Carla Wilshire, said the national awards were all about recognising those who helped migrants settle in Australia, telling the ABC "inclusion is particularly important for new communities because it is the pathway to becoming an Australian.

"We have to build, we have to actively foster community within Australia."

It is the third time the Migration Council Australia has hosted the awards.

In 2014, the GWS Giants’ promotion of the AFL Multicultural Round was recognised at the Sydney Opera House.

For more information on the Migration Council of Australia and its Migration and Settlement Awards go to www.migrationcouncil.org.au/awards

Image of Ali Faraj courtesy of GWS Giants.

20th March 2015 - NETBALL CELEBRATES AUSTRALIA’S CULTURAL DIVERSITY

8th April 2014 - GWS GIANTS BACK WESTERN SYDNEY’S FIRST WOMEN’S AFL TEAM

15th July 2013 - AFL MULTICULTURAL ROUND CELEBRATES DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

10th December 2009 - SPORTS BODIES URGED TO CONSIDER NEEDS OF MIGRANTS


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

AEROBIC MICROPHONES AUSTRALIA

Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 

NOVOFIT

NovoFit is an exciting and dynamic new company born from two of Australia’s leading commercial fitness equipment suppliers. NovoFit combines over 45 years of industry expertise, delivering state…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Aquaspin

AQUASPIN™ - Aqua Cycling Aquaspin™’s sessions have been specially designed by our Master Trainer to be challenging yet fun group cycling sessions. Each session is tailored to…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Wellness

 
 

TRISLEYS HYDRAULIC SERVICES

Trisley's Hydraulic Services P/L (THS) are a specialised pool company dealing with all aspects of the commercial swimming pool industry, including the installation and servicing from the smallest…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

CERAMIC SOLUTIONS

Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …

read more

Aquatics / Design / Surfaces / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business