The Sathya Sai Centre of Blacktown was recently recognised by the Ministry of Family and Community Services of the New South Wales Government for its valuable and on-going contributions to the NSW Department of Housing. The NSW Department of Housing is a state government agency which supports the lower socio-economic demographic in the Blacktown City, New South Wales, Australia.

The service provided by members of the Blacktown centre addresses an area of need that has been identified within their community. By working in collaboration with the government agency, they are not only maximising their efforts for alleviating distress, they are also promoting within the community and the agency staff the values of selfless service and compassion for the disadvantaged that Sathya Sai Baba taught. On a monthly basis, the centre provides 20 to 50 packs consisting of sanitary and hygiene products to the agency. Over 500 packs have been provided since the project commenced. In addition to this, the centre has also provided over 30 prepaid train tickets, as well as several winter packs during the cooler months. Over the Christmas festive season, the centre also put together 28 Christmas hampers.

On receiving the recognition from the ministry, the centre president, Mr Sharma Balram offered gratitude to Sathya Sai Baba for the opportunities of spiritual enrichment that His teachings and example of selfless service have provided and to the members of the centre for their on-going support and generosity which has kept this initiative sustainable.

‘Spend the years of your life, the wherewithal you earn or possess, in the service of others who are in distress. Love grows on such service. Service is the sincerest form of adoration of God.’ – Sathya Sai Baba