Australia is going through one of its worst bushfire seasons on record, especially in the state of New South Wales. Ten million hectares of land have been burnt nationwide, hundreds of properties destroyed and scores of people dead.

In this time of national emergency, Hakimi Trust, an organisation founded and operated by individual members of the Dawoodi Bohra community, assisted emergency personnel at The Hawkesbury Fire Control Centre in their fight against these raging bushfires.

Over the course of the weekend, community members delivered much needed tables, marquees, plastics tubs and eskys. Volunteers use the tables to organise, clean and disinfect the eskys so that they can be reused to send food and supplies to firefighters working on the front lines.

Hakimi Trust was formed in February 2016 and was registered to operate in Sydney as a Charitable Trust with the Australian charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC). It is an independent organisation which helps communities and organisations around Australia and the world by alleviating poverty and hardship while offering support and assistance to individuals in need. The trust’s founders and trustees are members of the Dawoodi Bohra Community who set up the trust as a practical philanthropic apparatus inspired by the community’s deep rooted Islamic identity of aiding those in need and uplifting the less fortunate.

The key focus areas of the trust are education, medical services, home ownership and renovations, welfare, hardship relief along with financial assistance.