We’re proud to continue our support of the Crescent Foundation, our charity arm that is focused and passionate about creating impactful and positive change. The Foundation helps with refugee education and settlement services, the preservation of Islamic Art and culture, alleviating the homeless issue and giving a platform to the youth allowing them to express their ideas and views.
This month the Foundation announced the appointment of their newest Director Penny Bingham-Hall, joining a highly experience and dedicated board lead by former NSW premier Bob Carr.
Ms Bingham-Hall is a director on several other boards including Fortescue Metals Group, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management and DEXUS Property group.
Ms Bingham-Hall said she was delighted to be joining the board given the foundation’s continued work assisting refugees and migrants from a range of backgrounds and its quality of leadership and directors.
“I have a diverse background and as a director I like companies that do things, build things and are very much focused on the community and those they serve. The Crescent Foundation is all of these things and more,” Ms Bingham-Hall said.
“At its heart, the foundation is all about helping refugees and asylum seekers find new homes and places to grow where their diversity will be respected. It is also committed to helping homeless and destitute Australians to break cycles of disadvantage and support themselves. This is critical and important work.
We’re also excited to share the newest Crescent Scholar to the current cohort.
Narges Mirzaee was awarded the 21st Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarship after successfully showcasing not only her academic acumen but also her social awareness and drive to change the negative mindset some may towards refugees.
The interview panel was impressed with her drive, determination and constant strive to achieve her goals– specifically through career in medicine.
Narges is an active member of her community helping with charity related work, including Red Cross, SES, Youth Work, Fundraising and Public Speaking.
She has an incredible desire to give back, stemming from the amount of support she has received when she first arrived in Australia as a refugee.
We congratulate Narges on her outstanding achievements. The Foundation has a student mentoring programme helping Crescent Scholars develop not only professionally but also developing their personal and social skills.
Narges had the following to share after we advised her she was awarded the scholarship-
“Attending university is undoubtedly a huge privilege, and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to do so, but the expense of studying at university can be overwhelming and discouraging at times. Being the recipient of the Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarship is going to help me to overcome my financial worries. Also the academic recognition that is associated with this scholarship is really valuable to me.
When I found out I was the successful recipient I was really excited and happy. I shared the news with my mum who is always worried about me, she was very happy for me too.
My goal for 2019 is to finish the first year of my hospital placement and to be academically active in university and at my placement.
I would like to pass on my heartfelt appreciation for the kindness of the Crescent Foundation. I am very happy and extremely honoured to be the recipient of the Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies as I work towards realising my goals.
We are so proud and honoured to not only share the scholarship updates of students like Narges, who is a worthy recipient. She will no doubt be a great gloabal citizen and ambassador, but also share and celebrate together the great achievements and positive impacts your super funds stands for.
To read more about the amazing work the Foundation is committed towards as well as Ms Bingham-Hall’s bio please visit the Crescent Foundation website.
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Talal currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University Foundation Council Board. He also serves as Chairman of First Quay Capital and Chairman of the Australian Arab Dialogue. Talal has also served on the Australia Post, Board of Sydney Ports, Macquarie University and the Western Sydney Area Health Service and the Chairman of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Council of Australia Arab Relations. In an executive capacity, Talal spent 10 years at PwC as a director and strategist, and at investment firm Babcock & Brown in the Corporate Finance Group and later in the Technical Real Estate Division. Later Talal held leadership positions in Better Place Australia, Platinum Hearing and Star Transport Australia.