'I've seen devastation, so I want to give back'

Sayed Hussainizada, with daughter Shaima, at his Afghan Royal restaurant in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett
Sayed Hussainizada, with daughter Shaima, at his Afghan Royal restaurant in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett

Sayed Hussainizada left his homeland of Afghanistan in 1999 to escape the devastation and death that was common there.

The Campbelltown business owner found a safe place in Australia, and has loved his adopted country ever since.

That's why the recent bushfire crisis has spurred him into action.

Mr Hussainizada will hold a special fundraising dinner at his restaurant, Afghan Royal, with all profits to be donated to the Rural Fire Service.

"Being in Afghanistan I saw the devastation and problems that were going on there, where people were struggling to live," he said.

"I came to Australia and I felt comfortable and safe and supported to live.

"I had a roof over my head and lived in a peaceful country - one of the best countries in the world.

"And now I turn on the news and see devastation from the bushfires, see people who don't have a place to live.

"So I want to help. I'm only a small business owner, but I want to do what I can to help these people, because we are all Australian, we're all human."

Mr Hussainizada's dinner will be held on Friday, January 17 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

It will feature a set menu of 13 dishes.

"We will make all the very best food, it's a special, massive dinner," Mr Hussainizada said.

"All of the profits will go to the firefighters, and we hope to have a representative of the RFS coming as well."

Mr Hussainizada said he had already received 40-50 bookings for the dinner and he hoped they could raise at least $1000 for the donation.

Anyone interested in attending the dinner is encouraged to book now.

Details: 0480 136 506