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Sunday, 1 July 2007

Newsletter 0138

This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by

لسلام عليكم

The Crescents Aussie Rules Family Workshop


Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian Rules Football....

.......but were too afraid to ask!


Like the basic rules of the game. And what it means when those men in white coats flash out their arms. And what's a Brownlow medal. And why there are four posts instead of two.  And who's Browny!



Crescents of Brisbane has organized a free informal and relaxed family information session afternoon in association with the Brisbane Lions at the Kuraby Community Hall on Sunday 15 July between 2 and 4pm.


Lions' representatives will take us through the basics of the game with a video commentary and answer any questions we may have. There will be portable posts on the ground and an opportunity for everyone, kids, mothers and all, to get a hands-on feel for the game.


A couple of the Lions' lads themselves might even drop in to say hello and sign a few posters.


And the main star of the afternoon will be the Lions Mascot, Bernie "Gabba" Vegas, who will be on hand to give out Lions packs and other goodies from his very distinctive van.


There are some fabulous autographed prizes to be won and Multicultural Affairs Queensland have sponsored 50 Premier complimentary tickets worth over $50 each to be given away at the workshop for the Lions/Carlton match at the Gabba on Sunday 22nd July.


The afternoon will be topped off with a scrumptious dinky di sausage BBQ and tea, coffee and cakes.


Bring the whole family along and learn enough about the game to help you appreciate why 18 grown men in tight shorts and tops run around an oval football pitch trying to get a prolate spheroid ball past four posts.


If you need any further information email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org or call 0402 026 786.


No prizes for guessing who!


"We need an urgent moratorium on Muslims. They are incompatible with our way of life. Stop any more of them coming in to live here. The Cronulla riots will not be a one-off."


"Letting black South Africans come into Australia without proper health checks will increase HIV here".




Today (Sunday 1 July) sees the long awaited match between the South African (mostly black) SuperSport United and Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium being played under the theme:

Queensland Roars Against Racism - Red card racism today!



with a line up made up from:


Denis Masinde Onyango
Andre Arendse
Niewenhuis Gary Lance

Agisanyang George

September Thabo Christopher

James Matola
Isaac Mabotsa
Rudi Charles Isaacs

Seale Khutso Emmanuel

Ricardo Katza

Siboniso Pa Gaxa

Tsietsi Mahoa
Katlego Evidence Mashego
Tsholofelo Teko Modise
Maimane Alfred Phiri
Nkambule Rooi Michael
Shane Poggenpoel
Stanton Fredericks

Molemo Manti Moholo
Rantjie Malesela Richard

Tsabedze Thulani Tony

Sibusiso Mahlangu

Daine Klate

Erasmus Romeo Kermit
Shingayi Kaondera

James Chamanga
Mphela Katlego Abel


ABS have the number on us


Statistics from the 2006 Census are now available here.

For example if you key in, let's say, Kuraby and view QuickStats you can find out such things as:


Selected Region
% of total persons in Region
% of total persons in Australia

New Zealand
South Africa

In the 2006 Census, 58.1% of persons usually resident in Kuraby (Brisbane City) (Suburb) stated they were born in Australia. Other common responses within Kuraby (Brisbane City) (Suburb) were: New Zealand 4.2%, South Africa 3.3%, England 3.2%, Taiwan 2.4% and India 1.8%.





Selected Region
% of total persons in Region
% of total persons in Australia

No Religion
Uniting Church

In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for religious affiliation for persons usually resident in Kuraby (Brisbane City) (Suburb) were Catholic 19.4%, No Religion 13.9%, Anglican 12.3%, Islam 11.8% and Uniting Church 6.4%.


Call for Assistance to Stage Spring Fest


The College Parents Advisory Committee (CPAC) of the Islamic College of Brisbane is once again holding its major fundraising event this year on Saturday, 1 September.


Osman Rane, CPAC Treasurer, said that last year’s fete was a tremendous success, due to the hard-working volunteers and the support from the Muslim and non-Muslim community. Individuals and businesses provided vital sponsorship in the form of volunteering their skills, operating stalls, cash donations, vouchers, auction items etc.


Money raised last year has been spent in various ways, such as purchasing computers, sporting equipment, library resources, seating for the Primary school etc. This year CPAC proposes to build a multi purpose sports complex for both boys and girls at an approximate cost of $70,000.00.


Assistance is required in the following areas:


1.      Volunteer to help on the day

2.      Operate a stall

3.      Donate (cash, vouchers, items for resale)

4.      Sponsor volunteer t-shirts

5.      Any other suggestions


CPAC aims to bring all the different communities together in a day of celebration, entertainment and an international food fest. If you can assist contact any one the following Annual Spring Fete Co-ordinators;


Mr Shiraz Sabdia                                            Mrs Leila Nur Riskiyandi

Ph: 3341 6675  Mob: 0403 580 488              Ph: 3806 6710 Mob: 0422 914 929

Email: sabdia@plma.com.au                           Email: dilahulis@bigpond.com


Mr Osman Rane                                              Mrs Laila Elias

Ph: 3423 2662  Mob: 0402 794 253              Ph: 3219 9085  Mob: 0416 229 786

Email: ossie@abdpoultry.com.au                   Email: lailae@goggo.com.au


Shop and Support School


The Nasheed group of the Australian International Islamic College participated in the “Shine For Your School Contest” at Garden City last Thursday night 21 June 2007.

They were awarded 2nd place and received some great little prizes and earned another 1000 points for the college for the shop-for-your-school competition.

If you shop in any Westfield Shopping Centre (like Garden City) and would like to donate your dockets to the College, just post them or deliver them to the school at 724 Blunder Rd, DURACK QLD 4077.


For every dollar you spend at a Westfield Centre, the school earns one point. The school with the highest average points per student at the end of the campaign wins some fantastic technology prizes.


The CCN Centre Link



A gentleman from Victoria is seeking employment in Queensland as a slaughterman (Beef, Sheep, Camel and Goats). He comes with work experience in Victoria, WA and Qatar and glowing testimonials.


Email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org if you would like a copy of his resume faxed to you.


Manager – Continuing Settlement Services responsible for the operational management of the delivery of a range of settlement support services to refugees and migrants living in Brisbane, including the supervision and line management of service delivery staff, and budget management.


Position Description.


Open Day GDQ


Guide Dogs Queensland's Open Day is on Sunday 8th July.


See brochure for details.


Body Mind & Soul


Part 1 (The Body) of a three part program for women on the Body Mind & Soul is being presented by Ladies Auxiliary of Algester. You can meet professional Muslim women from our communities and gain an insight to pertinent issues facing women in today’s society.

Techniques, tips and tools will be discussed to help you live a healthier lifestyle for all age groups.

The programme will also be beneficial for those seeking career opportunities in the areas of nutrition, optometry, medicine, police and others. You can hear first hand experiences of professional Muslim women in these fields

There will be refreshments and snacks, lucky seat draw prize and information packs.

Venue: 208 Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo
Date: 30th June
Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Tickets $5 each, contact Farah Suleman on (07) 3219 0232 by 28th June

There will also be a small selection of Islamic clothing for sale at the function on Saturday night proceeds from sales will go towards the building of a Mosque.


One Night of Music and Culture



Nominate for the Queensland Multicultural Awards


The Queensland Multicultural Awards 2007 are now open.


This year the Queensland Government will again recognise individuals, schools, organisations, businesses and government agencies that have supported cultural diversity, community harmony and a greater understanding between cultural groups in Queensland.


Nominations close Friday 3 August 2007.



Download the nomination guidelines.


If you have any questions or queries contact Daniela Flynn of Multicultural Affairs Queensland on 3224 5468 or email at  daniela.flynn@multicultural.qld.gov.au.

Kareema's Keep Fit Q&A Column

Q: Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?


A: Absolutely, providing you have been active prior to your pregnancy and you have no health issues. It is always good to check with your doctor before starting any form of exercise though. If you have been active, keep following your exercise program but don't overdo it - decrease your intensity and weights (if applicable).



Sit-ups after your first trimester is not good. Listen to your body and rest as often as possible.

Walking during pregnancy is great because it is low-impact and you control the
Swimming is another great form of exercise because all the major muscle groups
are involved.
Try aqua-aerobics, not only will it alleviate lower back pain which is common during
pregnancy, it is great for toning the muscles and the water supports your weight and
decreases added strain on your joints.
If you are unsure of any changes in your body, check with your GP who will advise
whether or not to keep following your exercise routine.



Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


Expert Panel on Islam: Peace and Warfare



The Culinary Corner



1 big onion – sliced - Oil - salt - Less then ½ kg mince - Red/green masala - Grated tomato - ½ cup frozen mixed vegetables - ½ tray mushrooms - A little butter - 2 tablespoons tomato sauce - 1 tablespoon worcestor sauce - 1 tablespoon soy sauce - ½ box lasagna sheets - White sauce - Grated cheese.

Saute onion in oil till it softens. Add mince, salt and cook a little. Add both masalas and let cook a little further. Add mix vegetables and tomato and cook do not dry out. Add the cooked mushrooms. Remove from stove and add all the sauces and mix well. Boil lasagna sheets and drain. Rinse in cold water. In an oven proof dish, layer with mince mixture followed by a layer of lasagna and then white sauce ending with mince mixture and white sauce on top. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in pre heated oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and place on warm stove plate for 10 minutes before serving.

White Sauce: Melt 1 tablespoon butter, add 2 tablespoons maziena or flour & let braise quickly. Add 1 to 1 ½ cups milk gradually, stirring continuously & quickly to avoid lumps. Add salt & pepper and keep on stirring until sauce is ready.

Thaw meat and poultry in the refrigerator or in a microwave oven, never at room temperature. Cook thawed meat and poultry immediately.


Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Tuesday, 26 June 2007


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of CCN.


The Inbox


Hello everyone,

Just wanted to remind you about our upcoming meeting on Tuesday July 3rd from 9:30 - 12:00 at the Logan Women's Health and Wellbeing Centre, 25 Ewing Road, Woodridge.
This will be an thrilling talk about Career Planning and Employment. So be sure to mark this on your calendars !

Just a few announcements:

- On Friday September 7th at 12:30 there will be a Community BBQ and Fashion Parade at the Logan Women's Health and Wellbeing Centre. Please come and take part in this fun event.

- Interested in participating in special projects? Be sure to ask how you can get involved !

- I am trying to organise carpooling and find transportation assistance for people living in Ipswich and Heritage Park to and from the meetings. If anyone is interested, please let me know.

- I am compiling a recipe book from all the diversity we have amongst our multicultural group. If you can email, post, fax or bring to the next meeting a recipe that you are willing to share.

Remember we have the convenience of child minding facilities /childcare workers to look after children. This is only $1.00 for 3 hours, 9:00 to 12:00. Take advantage of this opportunity.
I would also like to remind everyone to kindly bring a plate of food to share with the group.

Again, tell your female friends and family members to come and join us.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Farina Nayab


The Editor,


My name is Alex Dickinson and I am a journalism student at the Queensland University of Technology.  I also write for Universe Magazine, a student magazine published by QUT and distributed to most universities and TAFE’s in South-East Queensland. 


I am currently researching for an article I plan to write about Iraq, and specifically the lives of young people and students in the country.  My article will not focus on the War, but on the lives of young people and what they think about School, Sport, Music, Television and other things in Iraq.  I want to get an idea on what growing up in Iraq was like before and during the war. 


Since the magazine is a student magazine based in Brisbane, I would like to interview an Iraqi national living in Brisbane. 


The reason I am emailing you is to ask if there is anyone you know who would be willing to be interviewed for the article?  Or is there anyone you know with a story from their time in Iraq?  Preferably someone under the age of 30 with insight into the lives of young people in modern day Iraq.


Are there any people you know who would be willing to share their experiences? Any suggestions or contacts you have would be much appreciated.  


I understand for many people it is a sensitive issue and most will not be willing to talk about their war torn country.  However, by telling stories of students and young people from the war town country, I aim to give the Iraq War a new relevance and meaning to the readers of Universe (primarily uni students); and to show the readers that there are real people, young people caught up in the conflict.


Please contact me either by email or by telephone if there is anyone you know who would be willing to be interviewed for my article.


Kind Regards,


Alex Dickinson


Email: aj.dickinson@student.qut.edu.au

Mobile: 0439738556



......and now a word from this week's sponsor....babyhood



The CCN Chuckle


In the middle of a forest, our friend hunter Mula Nasruddin was suddenly confronted by a huge, mean bear. In his fear, all attempts to shoot the bear were unsuccessful. Finally, he turned and ran as fast as he could.

Mula Nasruddin ran and ran and ran, until he ended up at the edge of a very steep cliff. His hopes were dim.

Seeing no way out of his predicament, and with the bear closing in rather quickly, the hunter got down on his knees, opened his arms, and exclaimed, "Dear God! Please give this bear some religion!"

The skies darkened and there was lightning in the air. Just a few feet short of the hunter, the bear came to an abrupt stop and glanced around, somewhat confused.

Suddenly, the bear looked up into the sky and said, "Thank you, God, for the food I'm about to receive..."



[Editor] Thankfully, this was not the end of our hero Nasruddin and he lives on to continue to grace this column with more contrived escapades. 


The CCN Date Claimer





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30 June


1 July


Sea of Faith Conference


Alexandra Headlands Conference Centre, Sunshine Coast

5456 2005

All day

1 July


Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast


Staggered start times

1 July


Queensland Roar vs. Supersport United

Multicultural Affairs Qld.

Suncorp Stadium



1pm with a 3pm kick-off

5 July


Discrimination Law – An Introduction to the Act


Queensland Police Service
1993 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt

3364 3217

10am to 2pm

8 July


ICQ State Conference

Islamic Council of Qld

Holland Park Mosque


from 9am

15 July


The Crescents Aussie Rules Family Workshop

Crescents of Brisbane & Brisbane Lions

Kuraby Community Hall

0402 026 786

2pm to 4pm

20 July

Friday to Sunday

Girls Camp Outing


Kindilan, Redland Bay

3272 6355 / 3272 6422

Friday night to Sunday

22 July


AIIC School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400

All day

26 July


Islamic Legal Perspectives Conference

School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University

Lord Byron Resort, Byron Bay

02 6620 3375


27/28 July



Sounds of Light Concert

Human Appeal International Australia

Vodafone Arena (Melbourne)

Acer Arena (Sydney)




29 July


Gold Coast Annual Fund Raiser BBQ


Gold Coast Mosque


From 10am

5 August


ICQ Quran Competition

Islamic Council of Qld

Darra Mosque


from 9am

5 August


Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run

Sunday Mail & Suncorp

Gateway Bridge to New Farm Park


Staggered start times

1 September


Spring Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha


11am to 7pm

9 September



Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400


13/14 September



Start of Ramadaan

11/12 October



End of Ramadaan

12/13 October




14 October


Queensland Multicultural Festival

Multicultural Affairs Queensland

Roma Street Parkland

3872 0756(ext:21756)

All day

20 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane



2pm - 5pm

27 October


Qld Eidfest 2007

Qld Eidfest

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds


10am to 10pm

19/20 November

Monday & Tuesday

Queensland Multicultural Summit ‘07



State Library of Queensland

3844 9166

All day

20/21 December





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