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Foundation helps refugee family


Foundation helps refugee family

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The AMA Queensland Foundation is committed to giving back to the community during times of hardship. 

During the South East Queensland Floods earlier this year, the Foundation provided more than 20 Flood Assistance Grants to help patients, doctors and medical practices get back up on their feet. 

Mahnaz Abbasi is a refugee from Afghanistan and applied for an Australian emergency visa almost one year ago, after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

Mahnaz said her family arrived to Australia without knowing anyone and with just one set of clothes.

“We passed really bad and scary moments in the beginning of our arrival.

“We were in a motel room for four months before the government finally helped us find a house and gave us basic needs,” Mahnaz said. 

Six months after moving into their house, the floods destroyed the clothes people had donated, their washing machine, appliances, and other personal belongings. 

“I was shocked and we didn’t know what to do since everyone’s houses were affected and damaged so nobody could help us.”

“We felt hopeless when suddenly one of my friends told me about the AMA Queensland Foundation Flood Assistance Grant.”

Mahnaz said she applied for the grant and was so happy and relieved when the Foundation accepted the application. 

“I cannot explain my happiness, I was so happy for my children and that I could buy their needs at least.

“I could not put my feelings into words, but I pray for those who donated to the Flood Fundraiser to have the best life and when they need help they receive it,” Mahnaz said.