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Homebush Sai Centre held a community engagement event on the 12th of August. Themed Gratitude to our Teachers it was our centre’s celebration of Guru Poornima, and we were joined by one of the Directors from Woodbury Autism Education and Research. Karyn from Woodbury came to our Centre and joined in on our devotional singing, and really enjoyed the presentation by our SSE children and parents.

The junior SSE children spoke about their experiences at SSE and how they find their classes and teachers, while the senior SSE students shared poems on teachers from a spiritual perspective. Parents of SSE children spoke about their journey and the positive impacts they that SSE has on their family. And finally, Karyn gave a very inspiring talk on her experiences and reflection on the theme from a practical perspective through her work at Woodbury, and personally supporting her child who has severe autism. Members of Homebush Centre also generously donated many stationery items to give to Woodbury, and Karyn left with her car seats full of green bags and boxes containing these items.

Woodbury has recognised the Sai Organisation and Homebush Centre (Newington) on Facebook – . We are very excited about the relationship we are building with Woodbury, and find great compatibility between their values and our five human values. It was very exciting and humbling that a Director from another organisation took out the time and effort to come to our Centre.

Of course this activity would not have been possible without the hardwork of many people. All the wings came together to make this happen, facilitated by the Centre President. The SSE coordinator and teachers worked with the children and parents to present a program, while the Service Coordinator organised the stationery drive. The Ladies Wing coordinator organised morning tea and the Bhajan Coordinator planned the Devotional part of the program, ensuring we had a good mix of English songs. They had a centre representative for the Community Engagement perspective to plan the program and liaise with Woodbury, and it is rewarding to see the success of different wings coming together in this initiative. With effective teamwork, I am positive that Woodbury and Homebush Centre together can continue spreading positive messages and values into the wider community to Love all and Serve all.


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