The Sathya Sai Centre of Bonnyrigg NSW together with other members from NSW Region West of the Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG participated in a Interfaith Event organised by the Fairfield City Council in Sydney’s South West. The event was a celebration of the many cultures and faiths that are represented in the suburb of Bonnyrigg. The participants included amongst others, the Vietnamese Community Centre, Bonnyrigg Mosque, Gracepoint Presbyterian Church, Lao Buddhist Temple, and Parkside Church.

The event, ‘Lunch@Bibby’s,’ was held Saturday, 13 May 2017, in the environs of Biddys Place, a local hub. Its aim was to bring all faiths and cultures together to participate in musical and cultural offerings, presentations and guided tours of places of worship, and to share the foods from the various communities. Each group represented was asked to provide a food stall and information about their activities.

Our involvement included a display of various quotations of Sai’s, a healthy food pyramid, distribution of fruit salad and cakes, and a musical presentation by Sai Young Adults. Whilst our musical items were initially provided a 15 minute slot, the organisers later requested an additional 10 minute presentation to conclude the celebrations at 2.00 pm.

While we had interactions with members of other communities, the primary discussion point at our stall was the service activities carried out by our organisation, in particular by those of the Sathya Sai Centre of Bonnyrigg in the local community. The group is involved in ‘Adopt a Road’ clean up’, tree planting, clothing appeals, monthly visit to nursing home, ‘Clean Up Australia’ campaigns, clean up of a local creek and blood donation drives among others.

The day had a beautiful atmosphere of common feeling and togetherness. It was judged a great success with over 500 people participating in the event.
The council, very supportive of interfaith and multicultural activities, released a pamphlet that highlighted the various places of interest in the area including the various places of worship.

The Centre thanks the council for the opportunity to contribute to such an event that is very much in keeping with our view on interfaith harmony.

‘Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, and
let the glory of God be sung
in all the languages
and a variety of tunes.
That should be the ideal
– Sathya Sai Baba