New Zealand Muslim Association with Fatimah Foundation is delighted to have participated in the annual FVIARS (Family Violence Inter-Agency Response Services) Family Fun Day and Lunch organised by Counties Manukau East Police, which was held on 5th December 2015 at Murphys Bush Reserve, Murphys Road, Flat Bush, Auckland. NZMA was seen engaging with community in east Auckland and providing dawah through Pizza and collaborating with our Ummah (like minded organisations) to help others. The New Zealand Muslim Association (NZMA) kindly volunteentered to provide cheese, vegetarian and chicken pizzas with a soft drink for the kids on the day. Fatimah Foundation along with Sikh society provided vegetarian samosa, Banana fried balls, and fresh trifle, which went down a treat with the kids and the Police staff.
Statistically, we know that around November to the end of January, unfortunately, there is a sharp spike upwards in the number of family violence incidents or episodes. For many children the holiday season is not a happy time to be at home or around their carers. This fun day and lunch serves as an intervention/prevention event.
It is a big deal and big day for many of these families. The purpose of the event is to provide a fun day with lots of happiness, games, presents and food to children who have been or are impacted with family violence. This also includes their mums. There is easily 350 guests on the day.
We have advised the Police that we intend to provide ethnic food, drinks, henna art designs and face painting. This means also that we need volunteers of all ages and both genders to participate.
You can also go to our face book page to see the last FVIARS Family Fun Day in Otara we were part off. – It was a great day and the Muslim community have gained a good name from it.
We are looking forward to having you on board again this year.
Contact for Fatimah Foundation if you know anyone who needs help with family violence:
Noeleen van de Lisdonk
Fatimah Foundation l Co-Founder & Chair
Drop In Center 87 Station Road, Otahuhu, Auckland 1640
Po Box 22501, Otahuhu, Auckland, 1640
P: +064 9 276 7680 l M 0275 25 1200