In the wake of the horrific acts of vandalism at the Canberra Islamic Centre over the weekend, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann is calling on Canberrans to lend a hand with the clean-up.
“I visited the centre yesterday and was truly shocked by the extent of the damage,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“The Canberra Islamic community is heartbroken by this act. Community members have put years of hard work into building up the centre, and they are now struggling to come to terms with what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
“Canberra has zero tolerance for this kind of malicious behaviour, and as a community we must now come together to rally behind the centre.
“The centre is holding a clean-up on site tomorrow afternoon, and I am calling on Canberrans to show up and lend a hand.
“I’ve already spoken to a number of Canberra’s community leaders who will be there tomorrow to help out.
“Canberrans who can’t attend the clean-up can show their support by making a donation or emailing a message of support.
“The vast majority of Canberrans are decent and tolerant – this is our chance to send a message to the perpetrators that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
“The centre has already been overwhelmed by messages of support and offers of help, and I thank Canberrans for this generosity.”
When: Wednesday 16 April, 2pm
Where: Canberra Islamic Centre, 221 Clive Steele Ave, Monash, ACT 2904
Bring: Gloves, protective foot wear, brooms and mops.
RSVP/More Information: Phone Gai Brodtmann’s Electorate Office on 6293 1344
Donations can be made directly to the Canberra Islamic Centre. Please email your name, address, contact details and details of your donation to firstname.lastname@example.org after making a deposit so a receipt can be sent to you.
Account Name: Canberra Islamic Centre (ABN: 47 299 363 767)
BSB: 032719 (Westpac Bank)
Account No.: 153856
Messages of Support
Messages of support can be emailed directly to the Canberra Islamic Centre via email@example.com.