At an LDS church, a prayer room was set apart for Muslims and other religions were invited to participate in a four-hour service event. A Muslim participant, Shaymaa Mahmud, said of the event, “It really needs to happen more often, these opportunities to discover our similarities and make connections. The service project highlighted the types of things that young people can be doing to help others. In my faith every act of goodness is a form of charity and a form of worship.”
Young adults of several Christian and non-Christian faith backgrounds came together in Adelaide on Saturday, July 23 to create prosthetic hands for overseas victims of landmines. The humanitarian project was funded and organised by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sourced the prosthetics kits from the Helping Hands Program.
One hundred and fifty young adults took part, putting their faith beliefs into action as they created 30 hands for people in need. The service project was part of an overall ‘Faith Matters’ afternoon held at the Firle Stake Centre with the aim of building interfaith understanding and unity and providing meaningful service.
Member for Florey, Frances Bedford, who attended as the official representative of the Honourable Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, praised the event. “I thought the prosthetic hands project was a tremendous initiative, seeing young people involved and enjoying an activity to help others,” Ms. Florey said. “The interfaith aspect was very worthwhile. I’m all for anything that promotes unity and connection across faiths.”