As published in the Naracoorte Herald.
Written by Isabella Hood.
For Hazara brothers Hafeezullah and Asmat Ullah Haidari, volunteering is second nature.
The duo have taken on a number of volunteering roles in Naracoorte and around the state to support the communities that have embraced them since arriving in Australia.
Naracoorte resident and Pearl Indian Cuisine restaurant owner Hafeezullah Haidari believes volunteering is one small way he can give back to the local community.
As well as being an active Naracoorte Rotary Club member, Hafeezullah is dedicated to supporting the work of other local volunteers by preparing and donating food at emergencies and not-for-profit events.
“I have a very deep connection with Naracoorte and volunteering is something I’ve always been very passionate about. I’m more than happy to close my restaurant for a few hours and feed local CFS volunteers when they are on a call out, for example,” he said.
“This business is not just for my income, but to support Naracoorte and the people who live here as well.”
Hafeezullah said joining the Naracoorte Rotary Club was one of the best decisions he’s made since arriving in the SE. “I’ve been a member for around nine months and I enjoy it very much – it’s great to be part of a team that is so community-minded,” he said.
Asmat Ullah Haidari recently graduated from Flinders Law School in Adelaide and shares his brother’s passion for volunteering and helping others less fortunate than him.
“I am working pro bono on refugee cases around the world such as people detained in Indonedia, Syria and Afghanistan,” he said.
Working in Adelaide at the Old Port Chambers, Asmat Ullah also works with refugees around the world who are seeking free legal advice. “We also have pro bono services in Australia for those asylum seekers who are unable to pay for an expensive lawyer,” he explained.
During his time at university, Asmat Ullah spent many hours volunteering with the Australian Migrant Resource Centre as an interpreter.
“I have also volunteered at Flinders Legal Advice Clinic which was an excellent opportunity to make a positive contribution to the wider community where we would provide free legal advice to anyone regardless of his or her status or background,” he said.
National Volunteer Week is celebrated from May 8-14 to recognise volunteers’ generous contributions to the general public.
During the next four weeks in the lead-up to National Volunteer Week, the Naracoorte Herald will bring more local volunteers into the spotlight to recognise their ongoing contribution.