Locals celebrate up in air

Some of the VIPs at Muslim Community Radio 2MFM’s Open Day in Chester Hill.

MUSLIM Community Radio has opened its doors in Chester Hill, for the 2MFM 2019 Open Day, giving the community a taste of the airwaves and networking opportunities with different community organisations, departments and services.

The Open Day was also an opportunity for the community to receive behind the scenes insight into the activities and progress of the radio station committed to strengthening and representing Sydney’s multi-ethnic communities.
“The impressive turnout of 2MFM listeners and supporters proved once more that Muslim Community Radio is indeed the radio station of choice for Sydney’s Muslim community,” station manager Faten El Dana OAM said.
With a range of activities on offer, for the young there were jumping castles, face-painting stalls, a colouring competition and an energising round of the very popular Kids Show.
For everyone else, there was a variety of stalls, workshops and guided tours, including photo opportunities with the radio crew and members from NSW Fire and Rescue, the State Emergency Service and Surf Life-saving NSW.
The formal program offered an impressive line-up of speeches, including from State and Federal MPs, Bankstown Police Area Commander, broadcasting sector representatives and notably, Darulfatwa – the Islamic High Council of Australia.
Acting as MCs for the day, were the young Kids Show producer and presenter Sara Kahil, and 2MFM volunteer Mohammad Zahab.
After their welcome, the national anthem followed along with a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an by Sheikh Omar Grimly.
2MFM President Dr Rafic Hussein said: “2MFM has been a voice of moderation for over 20 years and of course we are against hate speech, we are against islamophobia and against discrimination or racism in any form and that’s something we all need to resonate across all levels,” he said.