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Abulla, who lives in Blacktown, was recognized for his passionate and
tireless work in the community services sector for over a decade,
especially for his work with refugees.
Arriving in Australia from Ethiopia as a refugee himself, Abulla
knows all too well the trauma and displacement experienced by people
fleeing persecution in war-torn countries. Within a year of his
arrival in 2004, Abulla had enrolled in Community Services with
Western Sydney TAFE and was volunteering with the St Vincent De Paul
Society. This led to his involvement with other community outreach
agencies such as SydWest Multicultural Services and the Mount Druitt
Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA).
Winning a ZEST Award for his work within the community was an
incredibly proud moment for Abulla. "I worked with helping the
community in Ethiopia and even though I was jailed for doing so, I
continue to do the same in Australia," he told the St Marys Star.
"I want to see people being in charge of their lives."
The ZEST Awards were established in 2011 to celebrate and promote
life in Western Sydney and recognize the innovation and creativity of
its residents, particularly in the community services sector.