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Neighbours treated to Sewa Day Celebration!

On Thursday 1st October 2015, volunteers from some of Leicester’s faith communities came together for Sewa Day, a special annual day of service to the needy.

The word ‘sewa’ originates invokes a spirit of community and selfless service for a just and fair society. The aim is to sacrifice one’s time and resources for the benefit of others without wanting anything in return.

Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities teamed up with St Philip’s Centre to run a ‘Talk over Tea!’ party for 60 elderly service users at Age UK. Bobby’s Restaurant, Paul’s Fruit & Veg and Leicester College were also supporting the effort.

The ‘Talk over Tea!’ party supported some of society’s most isolated and vulnerable individuals whilst at the same time helped to build bridges between people of different backgrounds.

Volunteers provided a menu of tea, coffee, Indian sweets and snacks and fruit. Cultural musical instruments such as dhol and tabla were demonstrated to entertain the hosts.

Riaz Ravat, from St Philip’s Centre said, “Age UK is located next door to St Philip’s Centre and so this year our ‘sewa’ was very close to home. Three different elderly groups were treated to this celebration which has become an annual international day of selfless service. Our Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities have proud traditions of selfless service every single day and this ‘sewa’ was part of a co-ordinated international effort”.

PICTURE BETH WALSH AGE UK, CATHERINE HOUSE, 2B STOUGHTON DRIVE NORTH. volunteers from some of Leicester’s faith communities will come together for Sewa Day, a special annual day of service to the needy.  The word ‘sewa’ originates invokes a spirit of community and selfless service for a just and fair society. The aim is to sacrifice one’s time and resources for the benefit of others without wanting anything in return.  L-R:Shashi Mehta from the Jain centre,Surinder Kaur Sandhu from the Sikh community, Will Read from the Buddhist community, Dina Parmar service user,  Dharmesh Lakhani from Bobbys restaurant and Sharon Ravat from Leicester College.

PICTURE BETH WALSH
AGE UK


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