Meet Mira, an inspirational volunteer, serving her community for over 5 years

Meet Mira, an inspirational volunteer, serving her community for over 5 years

An image of student volunteer, Mira
A collection of food parcel baskets in preparation for Ramadan
A collection of food parcel baskets in preparation for Ramadan

Mira is a Year 12 student at Hamilton Girls’ High School who has been volunteering since 2015. Over the past five years, during Ramadan, she has given her time to prepare food baskets for less fortunate families in her area.

Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community, observed by Muslims worldwide. During Ramadan in particular, people of the Muslim faith are encouraged to volunteer and give back to their communities, as fasting allows them to fully see and benefit from the impact they can have.

Mira has chosen to give her time and volunteer with various community organisations to provide food baskets for families who need the support, which included purchasing the goods, packing almost 100 baskets, travelling to Hastings by car and distributing the baskets. This simple act of volunteering works to tackle the nationwide issue of food poverty in a grassroots manner, and also contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

Mira doesn’t see many opportunities for the youth from backgrounds like hers in her area, which is a huge part of her volunteering: ‘I tend to volunteer more around my community to ensure that there are ethnic youth representatives to inspire the growing generation to become just like that.’ She works to make sure she is a great example and inspiration for the next generation of volunteers to get stuck in and be the difference they want to see in their community.

Mira works hard to make a difference, help people with less and be the change she wants to see in her community. Have you volunteered during Ramadan, or your own cultural celebration? Be sure to log those hours and be recognised for them! Thanks for your hard mahi Mira, you’re an inspiration!

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