QLD STATE MP’s VISIT
Queensland State Member of Parliament and Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the Hon Cameron Dick, visited the ladies program in Kingston. He congratulated the Hurricane Stars Club on what has achieved for ladies swimming through this program. The Hurricane Stars Club was extremely honoured and grateful to be mentioned by Cameron Dick MP in the Queensland Parliament, for their efforts in promoting water safety for women. Members of the Hurricane Stars Club were grateful to Cameron Dick MP for acknowledging the tireless efforts of the Hurricane Stars Club to promote ladies swimming.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MOTHER DAUGHTER HIGH TEA
On Sunday, the 10th of March 2019, the Hurricane Stars Club hosted an elegant afternoon fundraising high tea in the Stamford Plaza in Brisbane City. The event was organised to celebrate International Women’s Day and to honour the most important person in a woman’s life, their mothers, grandmothers or daughters. It was a sold-out event with 130 ladies attending and enjoying a buffet high tea. The Stamford Plaza did not disappoint by serving a variety of delicious desserts, sandwiches and quiches. The event took up the entire Terrace area, allowing the attendees an amazing view overlooking the beautiful Brisbane river with the picturesque Storey Bridge in the background.
The event was hosted and co-organised by the amazing Susan Al-Maani who ensured, as usual, that all the attendees had an amazing time full of laughter, great company and delicious food. One of the attendees decided to use this event as a birthday celebration for her daughter. It was a brilliant gesture as not only it was a gorgeous setting with minimal preparations, the mothers also got to come, and enjoy themselves on different tables, but it served also the higher purpose of contributing to fundraising for a good cause.
The High Tea was also a success with sponsored games and lucky door prizes from Jas – Makeup and Styling, The Cheesecake Shop Sunnybank Hills, Sam and Billy’s Beauty Box and Ella Bache New Farm and giftbags for all attendees. It was a successful event and the Hurricane Stars Club look forward to organising more similar events in future which celebrates being a Muslim woman in a fun and halal way.
HURRICANE STARS CLUB CENTRE OPEN DAY
On Sunday the 24th of February, the Hurricane Stars Club had the Grand Opening Day for its new Activities Centre. Alhamdulillah it was a beautiful sunny day, making the event a great success. We had more than 100 people attending, a combination of mums, dads and kids of all ages. The Hurricane Stars Club greatly appreciated their own personalized marquee, donated to the club by Duncan Pegg MP, which thankfully arrived the day before the opening day. We were able to use the marquee for our delicious sausage sizzle, as the Hurricane Stars Club volunteers are expert sausage sizzlers after 10 months of organising the only Brisbane 100% Halal sausage sizzles at Bunnings Underwood. We are also very grateful to Mabrouk and Sons butchers for sponsoring the delicious sausages. There was also a fun jumping castle for the kids outside on the carpark area, hired from two local Muslim sisters home business.
Inside the centre, we had our most popular stalls, which always had a long queue of kids excitedly waiting for awesome face painting by Jaz and beautiful henna design by Henna Me, all for just a gold coin. We were very grateful to several lovely ladies who graciously donated delicious cupcakes for fundraising, that quickly was sold out. Popcorn and Fairy floss stalls as well as the Fundraising Chocolate stall were also bestsellers.
The Hurricane Stars Club volunteers had a number of different kids activities for the children to enjoy. We had fun playdough play, bracelet making, painting table and Marble Your Own Cup activities. While the children had fun doing the kids activities, the mums enjoyed relaxing massages, manicures or pedicures by the wonderful ladies of Sam and Billy’s Beauty Box, all in a private room in our centre.
Alhamdulillah the Hurricane Stars Club looks forward to running many different classes and activities for ladies and kids in our new Activities Centre over the coming year to benefit the community. We currently have Ladies Fitness and Pilates classes, Reverts Sisters Gatherings and beginning in March, we will be starting our new Little Stars Islamic Playgroup, in shaa Allah.
In the near future, we will also be looking to start ladies social activities and faith-based support groups for people experiencing different trials and challenges in life such as grief and bereavement, serious illnesses and carer of those with disabilities. After Ramadan, we are also planning to start Brisbane’s first Muslim Scouts group, in shaa Allah.
JANUARY SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
The Hurricane Stars Club continued their school holidays program in January, providing kids with a wide variety of opportunities to have new experiences, make new friends and learn new skills. We started the month with a peaceful kayak through the beautiful mangroves of the Brisbane river, with both parents and kids having fun paddling along the river in their kayaks. A few weeks later we kayaked down the Logan River and the kids had fun and testing their skills playing a variety of games on the river while still in their kayaks.
We partnered with the Southside Academy of Combat in Underwood again, after our successful teen safety workshop in December, for a day camp for kids. We had 28 kids aged from 6 to 14 years old who spent 5 hours learning Indonesian Silat martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, while play games, having fun, getting fit and making new friends.
We also joined up with the Multicultural Sports Club to take the kids down to the Gold Coast by bus and gave them the opportunity to learn how to surf on a beautiful Gold Coast beach. The following week they returned to the Gold Coast again to learn how to be a surf lifesaver. This activity allowed them to learn the important skills needed to help swimmers in difficulties while on the water. For both activities they did various activities both on the sand and in the water.
For those kids who prefer indoor activities or were too young to join the water sports, we organized a personalised program of different art activities at Logan West Community Artshare Alliance. We had three different activities to appeal to all kids, we did glass fusing, clay hand building and hebel carving. In the glass fusing activity, the kids and some parents got creative with different coloured pieces of glass and they made their own fused glass scenery. Our most popular activity was the clay hand building activity in which we filled up the art studio! The kids had the opportunity to make their own pirate ships, into which they etched their own unique designs on. Our final activity was hebel carving, in which the kids developed new skills and carved their own unique designs into a piece of concrete.
Wanting to let tweens and teens (and their Mothers!) regain the lost art of Sewing, Hurricane Stars Club organised a Beginners Introductory lesson to sewing by hand and to sewing machines. It was a popular and fully-booked program where girls and ladies learned upcycling a pillowcase into their own tote bags. A few days later, we also organised another sewing session, this time for those who are with more experience in sewing. Participants got to learn how to personalise and make their own long skirts. This activity not only helped our girls to learn new skills but also empower them to own their own fashion sense while adhering to Muslimah conditions of attire.
Our final activity for the school holidays was a morning at Cable Ski Logan in Carbrook during which the kids tested their ability to zoom across the water. The kids kneeboarded, wakeboarded and played in the aqua park on standup paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, boats and inflatable paths. Kids took on the challenge of zipping around the lake on kneeboards and wakeboards, with some brave little kids giving it a go even though they were smaller than the boards and needed help to carry their boards.
All in all it was a very busy and fulfilling school holidays, Alhamdulillah. We look forward to developing more exciting activities for kids and youth over the coming year with the dua and support from the community.