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Shepherd of Egypt Foundation’s Annual Charity Gala in Sydney Raises Funds for Egyptian Healthcare and Education

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Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, Australia, witnessed a significant event last Saturday, 25th May. The annual charity gala by the Shepherd of Egypt Foundation, led by the Honourable Judge Amir Ramzy, Chairman of the Foundation, drew an attendance of about 480 guests. Among them were prominent political figures and public personalities, including the Egyptian Consul General in Sydney, Mr. Mohamed Khalil, and his wife, Mrs. Sally Khalil.

Key figures present at the event included Dr. Anne Aly, Member of the Australian Federal Parliament and Minister for Early Childhood Education and Youth, and Mr. Edmond Attalla, Member of the New South Wales Parliament for Mount Druitt and Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Counter-terrorism.

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The evening commenced with an acknowledgment of the country and the national anthems of Australia and Egypt, followed by an overview of the event and its charitable initiatives. Mr. Carl El Assal, Director of the Shepherd of Egypt Australian branch, delivered a welcome speech, setting the tone for a night filled with goodwill and generosity.

One of the highlights of the evening was the live auction, which featured unique items from renowned Egyptian artists. Among the auctioned items were a ring adorned with the Egyptian flag, donated by actor Ahmed Helmy and used in the film “Asal Aswad,” and a fez worn by actor Karim Abdel Aziz in the movie “Kira & El Gin.” Both actors expressed their regret for being unable to attend due to the recent passing of Mr. Karim Abdel Aziz’s mother, Mrs. Soheir Abdel Aziz.

The event also honoured the late Mina Soliman, a dedicated member of the Shepherd of Egypt Foundation, by establishing a mobile clinic in his name to provide healthcare services to the needy in Egyptian provinces. Mina Soliman was remembered for his significant contributions and tireless efforts for the foundation, even during last year’s event despite his severe illness.

Throughout the evening, attendees learned about the foundation’s impactful work through a speech by Judge Amir Ramzy. Dr. Anne Aly, originally from Egypt, and Mr. Edmond Attalla praised the foundation’s efforts in supporting the most disadvantaged and impoverished families, particularly in healthcare, education, and improving living conditions.

Entertainment for the evening included a performance by the “Zurouna Musical Band,” featuring timeless and contemporary Egyptian songs that delighted the audience. The event also featured a mesmerising magic show by the world-renowned illusionist, Jack Daniels.

The evening concluded with an awards presentation and a raffle draw for two first-class tickets to Cairo, generously provided by Qatar Airways, making it a memorable and successful night dedicated to charity and community support.

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