Bangabandhu Council Australia (BCA), initially formed as Bangabandhu Parishad Australia, has been involved in many social, cultural, humanitarian and charitable activities since the early 1990s. Amongst them, the Boishakhi Mela (Bengali New Year Festival) has turned out to be the most popular event. BCA organised many seminars and symposiums on community-related matters, receptions for high profile dignitaries and fund raising programs to support various good causes. Listed below are the activities and contributions that BCA has made to date.
- In 1996 – Donated $1000 to the Fund for Community Centre of Bangladesh Association of Australia.
- In 1998 – Donated $10,000 to the Fund for establishing Muktijuddhho Jadughar (Liberation War Museum) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- In 1999 – Donated $10,000 to Prime Minister’s Official Relief Fund in Bangladesh when the country was severely submerged by devastating flood.
- In 1999 – Organised a huge civic reception for Honourable Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh during her first state visit to Australia.
- In 2000 – Organised a reception for Justice Afzal, the then Chief Justice of Bangladesh during his visit to Australia.
- In 2005 – Donated $700 to a fund for sending the dead body of a overseas student back to Bangladesh.
- In 2005 – Donated $600 to a fund for the treatment of Tanvir, a overseas student from Bangladesh.
- In 2006 – Donated $500 to the fund for Nittya Rani Shaha (80 year old destitute mother), who lost all of her 4 sons during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
- In 2011 – Introduced a number of Bangabandhu Scholarship to support the poor but talented students undertaking HSC and tertiary studies in Bangladesh.
- In 2012 – Donated $5,000 to the McGrath Foundation in Australia.
- In 2012 – Donated $5,000 to West Mead Children Hospital.
- In 2013 – Representing the Australian Bengali community, BCA’s President met the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a lunch and raised various concern’s from the community and briefed her about BCA’s activities and achievements to date.
- BCA has introduced Bangabandhu Award in 2004 to acknowledge and honour notable contributions made by individuals and organisations in the community.
- $5000 dollars donation for Sydney Childrens Hospital Randwick
- 5000 dollars donation to Catherine Sullivan Centre
(In 2013 the Award was conferred to CFF – Children First Foundation)