The Sai Devotees of NSW undertakes a humble offering of love to Sathya Sai and to Society with a range of service activities in celebration of Guru Poornima, the festival of the Guru. The service activities include tree planting, Children’s Day at the House of Welcome, a food drive and a number of nursing home visits.
The youth of NSW humbly present to Sri Sathya Sai Baba our offering for Guru Purnima 2016 that not only the youth, but the entire SSIO of NSW (children, youth and adults) can be actively involved in. A series of Selfless Service activities will be undertaken for Guru Purnima 2016 – we have detailed information about each project below, and how you can get involved. To register your interest for a project, simply fill in our registration form at https://goo.gl/M9TWbk and we will contact you with more details regarding the project(s) you have chosen.
For more information please contact the Guru Purnima Coordinators :
* Mayank 0403 697 912
* Kailaesh 0430 851 311
National Tree Planting Day
As part of the tree-planting project for Guru Purnima 2016 on Sunday, 31 July, we will be holding a total of 5 stations across both Region East and West at which each and every participant will have the opportunity to plant trees. Coinciding with the official National Tree Day, this provides a lovely occasion to do something positive for our local environment and community, hence, reconnecting with nature. National Tree Day started in 1996 and for 20 years, more than 3.8 million people have planted 22.3 million trees and plants and it is still growing.
As Swami says, “there is no greater example of selfless love than Nature” (Sathya Sai Baba, Divine Discourse, 22 January 1982), and this wonderful day enables us to shower the same love back to our Mother Nature.
Please note: you will need to wear a hat, enclosed shoes and bring a bottle of water and gloves if you have a pair. Long pants and long sleeves are strongly recommended. Tools and equipment for tree planting will be provided.
House of Welcome FUN DAY
“Give freely the nectar of your cup of happiness…give the warmth of your love. Extend your hand as I extend mine to you.” – Sathya Sai Baba, Sanathana Sarathi, July 1996
As part of Guru Purnima 2016, one of the service activities being organised is the House of Welcome (HoW) Fun Day. HoW is a non-profit organisation that seeks to aid, shelter and empower asylum seekers and refugee members. The ‘HoW Fun Day’ will consist of a range of exciting activities, including sports, games and art, whereby volunteers will have the opportunity to engage with, inspire, learn from and most importantly, have fun with the members of HoW on Saturday, 6 August.
Note: This service activity is designed for a limited number of volunteers so priority is given on a first come first serve basis.
SSE children are also provided with the opportunity to participate in this event. SSE children will be served on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with a threshold of 15 kids allowed to participate. The parents of these children will also need to register for this event.
It is required that all volunteers who would like to volunteer for the ‘HoW Fun Day’, as either a team leader or assistant, must have a valid ‘Working with Children Check’ clearance.
“If you have three morsels of food and you find another man with no food, you must cultivate the spirit of serving and parting with one morsel of food for the other man.” – Sathya Sai Baba, Summer Showers in Brindavan 1972
Each year in Australia, 2.2 million people rely on food relief, a basic necessity that we all take for granted every day. Thus for GP2016, we will come together to collect as much food as possible to serve those in our family in NSW who are struggling with access to this basic necessity. Food items will be collected in each centre leading up to Saturday, 13 August. All items donated will be sorted and delivered to House of Welcome and Tregear the following week.
Participants are needed to: Donate Food; Assist with food transportation; Assist with packing food hampers – location is given below.
“God will not ask when and where you did service; he will ask what your motives and intentions were.” -Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks. 1981.11.19
As part of the nursing home visits for Guru Purnima 2016, we will be visiting a total of 6-8 nursing homes in various locations around Sydney. This service activity is a great opportunity to share our love, joy and kindness with the nursing home residents. The program will include live music and interaction with the residents. Weekly practice sessions will be organised starting Sunday 10th July at Garfield Childcare Centre, 63 Garfield Street Wentworthville. Details, times and locations for all Nursing Home visits will be given in the Fact Sheet.
Devotional Program: 19 July 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Redgum Function Centre, Wentworthville
National Tree Planting Day: Sunday, 31 July, See Flyer for locations
House of Welcome Children’s Day: 6 August at Holroyd Gardens, Cnr. Walpole St & Pitt St, Merrylands (Please see details below)
Food Drive: Saturday, 13 August – Final collection at Sai Lighthouse, Unit 14, 47 Third Ave, Blacktown
Nursing Home Visits: Saturday, 20 August at Various Locations, Please see details below