National Tree Day is an Australia-wide community tree planting event that has been supported by different units of the SSIO for some years. The day is one of environmental action with an emphasis is placed on the panting of trees and shrubs to beautify our environment and to increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Environmental rehabilitation is another focus of the day. Various activities are being arranged by individual regions and groups of the SSIO as well as a number by the Young Adults Program. All are welcome to join in these activities.
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Women’s Health Week is an initiative of the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Organisation, a national not-for-profit organisation promoting Women’s Health. Since 2013, it has been sponsoring a Women’s Health Week focusing on Women’s Health issues. This year, in observance of the event, the Sai Medial Unit of the SSIO Australia is collaborating with the Ladies Wings of a number of Regions and groups around Australia to put together locally appropriate Women’s Health seminars.
Guru Poornima is a day dedicated to the Guru, a term referring to one who is both a teacher and guide in the spiritual life; the one who reveals the purpose of life and gives guidance on how to realise it. It is a day to express love, reverence and gratitude to your personal guide and those great teachers of the past who reveal the essential knowledge towards spiritual evolution. This year it falls on 16 July.
The SSIO Australia has been supporting SydWest Multicultural Services for several years by holding a special and highly successful Christmas function for seniors in Sydney’s western suburbs. The Young Adults Program is expanding our involvement this year by staging a ‘Christmas in July’ function.
The Young Adults Program of the SSIO Australia has been successfully coordinating a blood, plasma and platelets donation drive for the last few years. Each year it gets bigger and bigger and the number of regular donors increases. Blood donations are a life-saving activity and one which requires only a little time and little inconvenience, yet the outcomes can be so beneficial to many in critical need. This is truly an expression of love for our fellows when we give blood.
The Sai Medical Unit in conjunction with NSW Region East of the SSIO is running a workshop in June providing information and advice on healthy ageing for people aged 50 and over and carers for the elderly. This community-focused workshop has been conducted successfully at a number of venues around Australia and is an opportunity for all those within the targeted group to gain an insight into a number of health-related issues affecting the elderly. All people, especially those within the target audience are welcome to attend.
Sathya Sai Baba, after 84 years, left His body on 24 April 2011. The anniversary of this event is commemorated worldwide by those who value and follow His teachings and example of unconditional love and selfless service to humanity.
Easwaramma Day is held on the anniversary of the death of Sai Baba’s mother Easwaramma. It is an annual celebration held by the SSIO to honour and remember her and as her particular concern was the welfare of children, it also marks ‘Children’s Day’ in which children of the SSE classes frequently provide inspiring and educational education.
The Young Adults of the SSIO NSW West Region are organising a beach clean-up as part of their commitment to service to the community and preservation of our natural amenities.