Timeline for the Australian Lebanese Foundation


November 2006


The response to the ALF High School Scholarship program was very pleasing. Students in Years 10-12 at high schools participating in the Lebanese Cultural Education Program delivered by Prof. M. Semaan in February 2006 were invited to compete for cash awards for projects depicting issues and concepts around Lebanese culture. We received over 70 entries, many with interesting concepts brought to life. We were also delighted that the program had the strong support of many teachers who were obviously enthusiastic for their students to do well.

Formal assessment of the entries has now concluded and the ALF Council is proud to announce the winners, as listed below. Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, AC, Governor of NSW, will present the scholarships at a formal presentation evening to be held on 19th February 2007 at the Nicholson Museum, the University of Sydney at 6:30pm:-

Year 12 Brendan Dunne
Year 11 Antonio El Mokdri
Year 10 Andrew Ghebar
Year 11 Daniel Hammoud & Hillal Kare-Ali
Year 10 Ahmed Bakour
Year 11 Mary-Ann Kazzi, Laura Trad & Tamy Jabbour
Year 11 Deanne Trianta

As students were given the freedom of choosing their preferred medium, entries ranged from powerpoint presentations, to artworks, to assignments and to dioramas/models. When you see their work you will agree that a lot of effort went onto the projects across a variety of forms. Well done!

We look forward to welcoming the winners and their families and friends and all interested parties to the Nicholson Museum – don’t forget the Lebanese exhibition has been extended to April 2007.

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October 2006

The Australian Lebanese Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Near Eastern Archaeological Foundation’s exhibition of Lebanese artifacts and photography at The University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum. The exhibition was officially opened on Thursday 19th October by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC, Governor of NSW.

Guests at the opening were from a wide variety of backgrounds and enjoyed the opportunity to view the Museum’s priceless collection of antiquities relating to Lebanon. These include from an Egyptian sarcophagus made of Lebanese cedar to a jirrin from the town of Mashghara. The exhibition also features spectacular imagery of ancient Baalbek and modern Beirut. The ALF and co-sponsors The Phoenician Restaurant provided excellent Lebanese food, wine and traditional flute music at the opening. The evening concluded with a fascinating account of archaeological excavations carried out in downtown Beirut during recent major redevelopment by Dr Amelie Beyhum, from the American University of Beirut. She is also the Managing Editor of Berytus, a journal of historical, archaeological and ethno-archaeological studies in Lebanon and Syria. The official opening was a sell-out and Dr Beyhum generously gave a second lecture on the following evening.

The exhibition is most definitely worth a leisurely visit. It is open to the public and will run until 15th April 2007. The Nicholson Museum is located at the southern end of the Quadrangle at the University and is open from 10am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

NSW Governor Bashir

Her Excellency Prof. Marie Bashir, addressing guests.

Oct 2006

Dr. Chris Scarf & Eddy Chahine (ALF) and George Beyih (El Phoenician Restaurant)

Oct 2006

Bar serving Lebanese Wine.

Oct 2006

Lebanese food supplied by El Phoenician Restaurant being served

Oct 2006

Official party

Oct 2006

Prof. Marie Bashir being introduced to Amelie Beyhum with Prof. Gavin Brown in the background.

August 2006

Uni Live

Unisyd – LIVE! The University of Sydney’s Open Information Day was held on Saturday 26th and enjoyed a sunny and mild winter day. University statistics indicate that over 15,000 visitors were estimated to have attended the event. The ALF stand, in the prime position of the Main Quadrangle, attracted many scholarship enquiries which were enthusiastically and professionally responded to by members of the ALF Youth Committee. Approximately 100 ALF brochures were distributed.

June 2006

The 2005 Annual Report was submitted to The University of Sydney Senate.

May 2006

The 2006 Annual General Meeting was held on 3rd May during which the Annual Report for 2005 was presented and tabled. Twelve new Council Office Bearers and members were elected.

February 24 2006

Many excellent applications were received for the 2006 ALF undergraduate scholarships. The four scholarship winners for 2006 are:

Ms Chirine Dada (The European Car Specialist ALF Scholarship)
Mr Anthony Elias (Arab Bank ALF Scholarship)
Ms Manal Saroufim (ALF Scholarship)
Ms Renee Stanton (ALF Scholarship)

The winners were announced at a gala dinner at which Her Excellency Prof. Marie Bashir AC, Governor of NSW and Patron of the Foundation, presented them with their certificates in front of approx. 550 guests and dignitaries. The dinner was held at Le Montage Bayside Events Centre in Leichhardt and guests were entertained by the Jamal Orchestra and the MC, Mr John Mangos.

During the evening the MC welcomed Mr Brendan O’Sullivan of Investec Bank Australia Limited as the Event Sponsor;

Mr Sid Khoury of The European Car Specialists and Mr James Wakim of the Arab Bank as Scholarship Sponsors;

Mr George Beyih of El Phoenician Restaurant; Ms Norhan Youssef of Gulf Air; Mr Tony Ishak of Saout El Ghad 2Moro Radio; Mr John Ibrahim of Caltex M4; Mr Daniel Nicolas and Mr Salim Nicolas of Dasco Design & Construction; Mr Joe Khattar of Dyldam Developments and the National Bank of Australia as Corporate Sponsors.

The winner of the Gold Ticket Raffle was drawn during the evening and the lucky recipient, Ms Renee Stanton, will redeem her win of a cruise package for 100 guests during the year.

An exciting and entertaining auction was most professionally directed by Mr Paul Tabet and the talented Mr Simon Kanaan crooned some favourite melodies for the remainder of the evening.

The event was a great success for friends of the Australian Lebanese Foundation and enjoyed by all.

Scholarship winners

Feb.24, four scholarship winners for 2006 were announced

Scholarship winners
Scholarship evening

During the evening the MC welcomed Mr Brendan O’Sullivan

Sid Khoury

Mr Sid Khoury of the European Car Specialists

James Wakim

Mr James Wakim of the Arab Bank

George Beyih

Mr George Beyih of El Phoenician Restaurant

Norhan Youssef

Ms Norhan Youssef of Gulf Air

Tony Ishak

Mr Tony Ishak of Saout El Ghad

John Ibrahim

Mr John Ibrahim of Caltex M4

Daniel and Salim

Mr Daniel Nicolas and Mr Salim Nicolas

Joe Khattar

Mr Joe Khattar of Dyldam

Raffle Winner

Winner of the Gold Ticket Raffle

Paul Tabet

Auction was most professionally directed
by Mr Paul Tabet

Paul Tabet
Simon Kanaan

and the talented Mr Simon Kanaan crooned


The event was a great success


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February 23 2006

The high schools project culminated in a free public lecture presented by Prof. Semaan on Lebanon, The Land of Natural Wonders at the Eastern Avenue Auditorium at The University of Sydney for students’ family, friends and the general community. This event was also promoted on Radio 2Moro.

February 20-23 2006

The ALF invited Professor Myrna Semaan El-Haber, a prominent Lebanese academic to visit Sydney and present a series of lectures at The University of Sydney on Lebanese culture, heritage and environment to approx. 1,000 senior students from six Sydney high schools. After the lecture students enjoyed a picnic lunch in the main quadrangle and were then taken on a guided tour of the university.

The lectures were the foundation of the ALF High Schools Scholarship Program where students have been invited to prepare an assignment based on the lecture content. Each winning entry from year 10, year 11 and year 12 from each school will be presented with $500.

During the week the lectures were broadcast live on Radio 2Moro and Prof. Semaan and many students were interviewed. The project was also prominently covered by The University of Sydney’s in-house magazine, Uni News and picked up by other Sydney media.

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