Groups from Victoria East Region of the Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG combined to celebrate Christmas for 2018 in its true spirit of love, peace and goodwill to all. They observed it with special service activities, traditional Christmas Carolling and community get togethers.
Dandenong Market Christmas Celebration
On Tuesday, 18 December about 220 people attended a Christmas function at the Dandenong Market specially held for about 50 homeless people who regularly attend the weekly feeding at this venue. The attendees, guests, volunteers and children from the various Sai units, all had a joyous and enjoyable time. The young adults from the groups entertained everyone with Christmas Carols and English songs. The food was sumptuous and plentiful, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the celebration. The day ended with Father Christmas giving presents and children giving special hand- made Christmas cards with messages of love to all the guests.
3C’s Christmas Celebration
Christmas Celebrations continued on 20 December hosted by the Sai centres of Clayton, Clarinda and Cheltenham. The program was well planned to give the importance of Christmas with one item consisting of a Q&A and game based upon the birth of Christ. The program also included a drama by Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) children and Christmas Carols and English devotional songs thoughtfully spread throughout. Father Christmas was present giving presents and sweets to all members and children. At the end of the program, the participants were asked to write messages of love on Christmas cards to be given to nursing home residents at the Nursing Home Service later in the week.
A special informal Christmas picnic was held in the Australian tradition at the end of the year for members to come together in love and joy building a strong sense of family. The weather turned out to be just perfect, with about forty children, young adults and adults attending the picnic at Lysterfield Lake Park, a beautiful setting along the lake amongst the luscious greens. There was plentiful food and beverages and good company.
Most enjoyable was to see the young adults and children fully occupied in playing outdoor games, while some adults enjoyed the walk along the lake and the park. A wonderful way of celebrating another year of achievement and community.
Nursing Home Service
The final Region Community Service program for the month was a visit to two nursing homes.
On 23 December, young adults, SSE children and adults visited two nursing homes and entertained the residents by singing Carols and engaging and entertaining the residents with questions and answers. Two young adults dressed as elves entertained everyone with lots of humour and fun. The smiling faces on the elderly residents testified to their enjoyment of the entertainment.
The elderly always value and cherish hand written messages so the messages of greetings written by devotees at 3C’s celebrations were distributed to the Nursing home residents at the end of the program. Father Christmas also gave small hand- made memento to all the elderly residents who were very grateful and joyful on this special day.