When Canberra went into COVID-19 lockdown in August 2021, Nazmul Hasan realised many people would struggle to make ends meet. He decided to offer free food and essential items to those who needed them – no questions asked.
With only a Facebook page and Google form, Nazmul provided thousands of free halal meals, groceries and even whitegoods.
Also in 2021, Nazmul began helping resettle Afghan refugees. As well as access to essential supplies, Nazmul supports refugees to navigate employment and government services. This work continues through his not-for-profit Rahimoon, which collaborates with the Red Cross.
A passionate voice for unity across the multicultural Muslim and Australian communities, Nazmul organises interfaith and multicultural events in addition to his charitable work.
Nazmul is a role model in serving community needs. He was honoured with the ACT Outstanding Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion 2022 and was the winner of the ABC Canberra Community Spirits Award 2022.