Accepting an award at the Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (AMMAs) last night, President Dr Ghayath Al-Shelh from The Islamic Charity Projects Association pressured the media and politicians to stop associating the Muslim community with the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).
“Please don’t call them Islamic or Muslim because they’re not,” said Al-Shelh
“All Muslims disown these people for the violence they’ve been doing. In fact they are not Muslims for their barbaric acts,” he added.
The Fifth Bankstown Islamic Charity Projects Association (ICPA) Scout Group was chosen from 18 other AMMA finalists to take out the SBS People’s Choice. The Scout group promotes social cohesion through education activities and services to the young Muslim community.
The plea only heightened the importance of the AMMAs and highlighted the responsibility all marketing and media professionals have in targeting audiences, particularly those of diverse backgrounds, correctly.
The awards, held at the Sydney Opera House, were organised by Multicultural NSW and celebrated the best marketing executions that effectively targeted Australia and its diverse communities.
The CEO of Multicultural NSW, Hakan Harman said: “We are delighted with the response to the new format adopted for this year’s Awards, now in their 25th year. Since culturally diverse is who we are as Australians, messaging and programs that speak to all the people of Australia are essential elements of any marketing campaign.”
The champions of the night were the GWS Giants AFL Football Club, named as the winner of the Big Business Award for their success in selling the Australian game to migrant communities.
“The AFL and Greater Western Sydney Giants have a strong commitment to diversity and raising awareness of the game in multicultural communities,” said the minister for citizenship and communities, Hon. Victor Dominello.
“The Giants accepted the challenge of launching a new football team for a strictly established Aussie code in an area of high concentration of new Australians. What they achieved has turned that potential disadvantage into a super-success story.”
The Multicultural Round of the AFL played at Sydney Olympic Park on July 19 2014 was dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating cultural diversity. It was topped off with a formal citizenship ceremony for 54 new Australian Citizens on the field at half-time. The Giants presented new citizens with membership to the football club.
“I congratulate the Giants on their achievement in raising the bar on multicultural practice, diversity, harmony and inclusion in Western Sydney,” Dominello added.
The Chinese Precinct of Commerce was named winner of the Communities Category of the Awards for a campaign to motivate members of the Chinese Australian community to embrace celebrations for the ANZAC Centenary in 2015.
The winners of this year’s AMMAs are:
eTranslate – Employing an App to Measure the Mood of our Cultural Communities
GWS Giants Football Club – Many Cultures Game, Multicultural Round
Elegant Swallow Pty Ltd – Employing Cultural Foods as a Marketing Tool
Auburn City Council – Refugee Camp In My Neighbourhood
Cultural Perspectives – Digital Switchover Campaign
Arts and Culture
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – Vertical Villages
Chinese Precinct Chamber of Commerce – Chinese Community Celebrating the ANZAC Centenary
Cultural Infusion – Cultural Harmony and Inclusion Education Programs
Islamic Charity Projects Association – 5th Bankstown Scout Group (Certificate of Encouragement)
TAFE NSW: Hunter TAFE – Beyond ESOL: A Vocational Pathways Approach (Certificate of Encouragement)
SBS People’s Choice Award