Many local Parliamentarians, Community Leaders and Mayor of Dandenong witnessed the multicultural celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitre
Melbourne (Report by Tribune International); Despite extreme cold weather of Melbourne close to 10,000 people
with their families attended the grand finale of the 4-week long CREF 2014 Festivities of Sydney & Melbourne at the Sandown Racecourse, Springvale (Melbourne).
Hon Michael Sukkar, Member Federal Parliament, officially representing Hon Tony Abbott The Prime Minister, Hon Ms Inga Peulich, Member State Parliament, officially representing Hon. Matthew Guy, Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship, Hon Jude Perera, Member State Parliament of Victoria, Hon Daniel Andrews Leader of the Opposition Victorian Parliament, Mr. Jim Memeti the Mayor of Greater Dandenong and local Parliamentarians and Community Leaders attended the official ceremony of the last but the grand event of Chand Raat Eid Festival (CREF) 2014.
Mr. Jim Memeti Mayor of the Greater Dandenong, addressing the audience, congratulated the organisers of CREF for
hosting the Eid festival at Sandown Racecourse and wished everyone a happy & joyous Eid. He said that the city of Dandenong is proud to be the most multicultural city of Victoria where more than 150 diverse ethnic communities reside along with the Islamic community. He said that the council hosted an Iftar during the month of Ramadan where more than 1000 people attended and it is a pride to have Chand Raat Eid Festival the home of the city of Dandenong.
Hon Ms Inga Peulich, Member State Parliament described the event as a great example of multicultural Australia.
Hon Michael Sukkar, Member Federal Parliament officially representing Hon Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister, read out the message of the Prime Minister Tony Abbott in which the Prime Minister congratulated the organisers of staged 7 events in 4-week long carnival of Chand Raat Eid Festival (CREF) 2014 in Sydney and Melbourne.
Syed Atiq ul Hassan, Director, CREF 2014, in his welcome speech said that it has been a policy of the organisers to listen to the people and deliver what they want in the best possible manner, last year, the people of Melbourne wanted to have Chand Raat in Melbourne in addition to the Eid Festival, and this year, we held a jam-pack event of Chand Raat, first time Melbourne, at the Coburg Town Hall where the attendees also watched live the Chand Raat of Sydney. Mr. Hassan thanked distinguished guests, community leaders, and all the stakeholders of Chand Raat Eid Festival Melbourne who made both, Chand Raat and Eid Festival, events successful.
Over 100 exhibitors & food vendors, amusements, rides and 6 hours long stage performances entertained children, youth and adults of all backgrounds. SBS Radio broadcasted the event live in their language programs. Radio Dharkan and Radio Raftaar were also covering the event live for their listeners whereas many print media groups making stories for their publications.
Chand Raat Eid Festival (CREF) 2014 is the longest Eid Festivities ever held in Australia where in 4-weeks 5 events were organised in Sydney and 2 in Melbourne. CREF 2014 carnival started on 6th of July from Ramadan Festival at Auburn Town Hall and ended with Eid Festival on 2nd August 2014 at Sandown Racecourse, Springvale Victoria.