Our first Unity Meeting for 2018, held at the Sathya Sai College at Dungay, was celebrated on 29th April in honour of Aradhana Mahotsavam which was on the 24th of April. We decided on a service project that was a wonderful activity to mark this auspicious day.
Every year around 300,000 women and 3 million newborns die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. The Birthing Kit Foundation Australia (BKFA) helps to address these concern by distributing Birthing Kits to women in vulnerable settings to help enable a clean and safer birthing environment. We registered with BKFA to conduct our service project for this Unity Day.
Although we are a very small region, consisting of one centre and one group, we decided to assemble 200 birthing kits, which is the minimum number required by the foundation. At a cost of $3.00 per kit, we needed to raise $600.00 within a month. With two weeks to go to the deadline of 29th April, we hadn’t raised even half the amount that was required, and were considering postponing the service activity to a later date. However Sathya Sai Baba, being Omniscient, and through His constant reminder to His devotees that “If you take one step towards Me I’ll take 100 steps towards you”, inspired His devotees to act and within two weeks we raised $1200.00 and were able to increase our commitment to 400 kits. It was real proof of how much Sai continues to guide and inspire us at every moment.
Due to the huge demand for the kits in many parts of the world, we received a request from the BKFA asking if it was possible for us to assemble more kits without any extra cost to us. We agreed to take on a further 600 kits, making it a total of 1000 assembled Birthing Kits ready for delivery to women in vulnerable situations. Through Gods’ Grace, all the kits were ready on the 29th of April as we had initially hoped.
We thank Sathya Sai Baba for giving us this opportunity to take part in a life-saving project and to bring some joy to the recipients, which in turn is a blessing to all the volunteers.
In Sai Service.
Love All Serve All, Help Ever Hurt Never.
Regional Service Co-ordinator.
Gold Coast/Tweed Region.