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Sunday, 13 March 2005

Newsletter 0020

This issue of CCN is kindly sponsored by

R. Sabdia & Associates



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  •  I think it's a great idea, I'm currently organizing an event and need a lot of hands to help out on the day and I'm having a hard time finding some hands, so a database set up will help with future event and save a lot of time and stress. this is provided the volunteers that sign up are serious about helping out at the events. (But there must be) commitment, and a willingness to help. The last thing you want is someone to volunteer and then not show up on the day, or leave halfway through the event and put the event organizers in a fix.

You too can get in every bit of your tuppence worth on these and other issues by simple going to our Soap Box and letting us know what you really think about these matters.

Lectures Online

Our Man-on-the-Mussallah suggests one way you can put that MP3 player or IPOD to good use is to download and listen to the Jumma lectures delivered on Fridays at the Kuraby Mosque and the Muslim Students Association of QUT from the website, http://www.queenslandmuslimtimes.org/. The lectures from the other Mosques will be made available as they come to hand.

'Behind the Veil' Expo Promises to Reveal All!

This Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) Harmony Day event will help dispel many of the myths concerning women in Islam to members of the broader community and in particular our fair dinkum Aussies.

VENUE: Kyabra Community Centre (off Compton Road)

DATE: Saturday, 19 March (10am to 4pm) 

It's free and open to the public. Jumping castles, fairy floss, soccer with the cops, henna tattoos, food, craft and retail stalls are all on the programme for the day.


Last week we reported on Iqbal Sultan's promise to shave off his hair for the cause. Well he succeeded in raising over $800, thanks to the kind generosity of his friends, co-workers and CCN readers.


Kuraby Chasers Corner Crook

During the week residents of Brisbane will have read in the papers and seen on the news on TV how Imraan Nathie helped a resident try to chase down his stolen Subaru Liberty through the streets of Kuraby.

In scenes more reminiscent of South Africa than South-East Queensland, the thief brazenly drove the car from the owner's driveway and then had the temerity to run down the owner when his pursuers caught up with him on the corner of Underwood and Logan Roads.

Hailed in the media as The Good Samaritan, Imraan also came off worse for wear in the process when the thief accelerated, pinning him against his car and then attempting to ram into him. But at Jumma today our very own local hero looked in good spirits despite sporting some very sore looking bruises on several parts of his legs. CCN wishes him a speedy recovery.

South Africa’s most famous political satirist and HIV/AIDS activist, Pieter-Dirk Uys will perform his one-man, seven-politician, six-woman show Elections and Erections for three nights only at the Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for Arts. Inspired by the two things which were illegal for most of his life, democracy (elections) and sex (erections), writer and entertainer Pieter-Dirk Uys uses biting black humour to examine South Africa’s ten year post-apartheid existence and its future as a country threatened by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

South Africa’s answer to Dame Edna Everage, Afrikaner Cape Town housewife and reformed racist Evita Bezuidenhout is among a line-up of characters that appear in Elections and Erections including Winnie Mandela, Desmond Tutu and President Thabo Mbeki.

The shows dates are 22, 23, 24 March and you can book your tickets online at www.brisbanepowerhouse.org or call the box office on 3358 8600.


Source: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

Tony Award winning South African playwright, director and actor John Kani brings his intimate drama to Australia for the very first time.
Set against the backdrop of South Africa’s inner turmoil and struggles against apartheid and its aftermath, Nothing But The Truth is a complex drama about sibling rivalry, family secrets, truth and absolution.

John Kani came to prominence in the early 1970’s as co-writer (with Athol Fugard and Winston Tshona) and performer in Siswe Banzi Is Dead and The Island. These productions toured the world (including Australia in 1973) playing a significant role in educating the West about the apartheid policies in South Africa. Kani also received a Tony Award for his performance in The Island.
Almost certainly no other play has had such an influence on political events. International support of the struggle towards democracy grew in the 1970’s and 1980’s culminating in the release of Nelson Mandela from Robben Island prison - the setting for The Island.

John Kani stayed on in South Africa over those decades while building his status as an international film star and filling the role of Director of the famous Market Theatre in Johannesburg, which became the hub of the non-racial theatre movement.

Just over a decade after the demise of apartheid and the advent of democracy, John Kani has written a play acclaimed in South Africa as the first great post-apartheid play. Nothing But The Truth has enjoyed triumphant seasons throughout South Africa as well as at the Lincoln Centre in New York and in Los Angeles and Boston.

In this production he is joined by two prominent South African actresses Moshidi Motshegwa and Rosie Motene. Moshidi starred in the film Coming Out of Water winning a Cannes award. Rosie is the presenter of South Africa’s popular television program Studio 53, and stars in the Academy award nominated film Hotel Rwanda as well as being a public figure as a campaigner for the rights of women in the new South Africa.

This is a remarkable play that is not captive to any ideology as it examines the legacies of the past and confronts the challenges of a country just entering its second year of democracy. Described by Nelson Mandela as “A great family drama. A great human story. Political, but great human drama”. This play is a piece of theatre history, a piece of South African history and piece of world history.

"Beneath its humour and humanity Truth is a deeply political play of immense subtlety and depth."

"the snapshot of life that emerges is compassionate, intelligent and powerful."

The shows dates are 14-23 April and you can book your tickets online at www.brisbanepowerhouse.org or call the box office on 3358 8600.

Source: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org


Sign, Sealed and (soon to be) Delivered!


Yusuf, son of AK and Ahsiya Surtie, and Firdaus, daughter of Iqbal (of The Country Butcher, Gowan Road) and Zubie Mahomed were engaged last Saturday. On behalf of the Crescents Community, CCN congratulates the both of them and wish them well for the future, inshaAllah.


Breaking news! Just hot off the grapevine is the unconfirmed report that another couple have also got the go-ahead to tie the knot. All we can reveal at this stage is that it involves a former Crescents of Brisbane team member, very high overseas telephone bills, and someone with strong connections with Table Mountain. Watch this space as events unravel themselves over the weeks to come.

CresFit4Life Session No. 16

A number of new members were ordained into CresFit4Life last Sunday at Kangaroo Point. We welcome Feisal Paruk and Family, Cassim Peer & Family, Goolam Vahed and Family, Rubana Moola and Bilquis Omar into the group. Eighty three year-old Ebrahimbhai Patel does an average of 6km over the Goodwill Bridge through to and over Victoria Bridge and back along Southbank Parklands with the ease of a thirty-year old. Vazira Ally (77) walks a couple of kms every week without fail. Many of the 'younger' CresWalk4Life-ers have improved their distances and/or pace significantly since the program started.


So what's stopping you? Make a lifestyle change to add a little spring to your step. 


See you and the family at Kangaroo Point on Sundays at 7.30 am!

The QMT Unity Cup Futsal Tournament

Participating teams:





Bafana Bafana



Rubber Duckies

Yathrib Horseman


Crescents Young Guns

White Birds

Ama Bling Bling

Sacred Seven

Gold Coast United


Tiger 11




In the Seniors side show, Crescents Old Boys are going to be pitted up against the Darra Old Boys, the Tennis Club, and Gogok United. The matches kick off at 8.45am.

Keep an eye out for all the results and photos of the event in next week's CCN.

A Word From This Week’s Sponsor




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