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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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.
The Mother’s Day Classic Walk is an annual Australia-wide event aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer. Following a successful introduction to the Walk last year, the SSIO again promoted this as a truly worthwhile community activity for members of its Ladies Program. This year a team of 250 including children, youth and men around Australia and joined the various local Mother’s Day Classic Walks on Sunday, 12 May.
The Sai Medical Unit has recently conducted voluntary workshops on Self-Care for staff at IRT Kangara Waters in the ACT. The workshop addressed a need for staff in handling difficult situations that may arise between staff and residents, equipping staff with strategies to avoid or defuse situations before they develop or escalate.
The ACT Region of the SSIO is continuing its support of the valuable work undertaken by the Birthing Kit Foundation with another day in June set aside to assemble Birthing Kits for distribution to expectant mothers in developing countries. The kits are potentially life-saving items for mothers in areas of minimal or non-existent support for child birth, areas of high infant and birthing mother mortality rates.
On 20 March 2019 the SSIO attended a special event organised by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW to honour blood donation contributions provided by members of by organisations involved in their Red25 programme. The SSIO’s drive styled ‘Liquid Love’ received an Achievement Award for our contributions during 2018. This is an ongoing potentially life-saving service project commenced some years ago.
The different religions of the world are paths to achievement of union of the individual with the Divine in whatever name that is used to define that concept. The SSIO, a multi-faith spiritual organisation, honours the different religions and celebrates some of their significant holy days as method of fostering tolerance, understanding and inclusion. One such significant event is the Hindu religion’s Maha Shivarathi, a night dedicated to God know as Shiva. The night is traditionally observed as one in which concentration on God in different ways is observed from sunset to sunrise the next day. This year, Maha Shivarathri falls on the night of Monday, 4 March. This event will be observed by a number of regions and individual groups and all are welcome to attend any of the celebrations
The Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG is a regular contributor to the Clean Up Australia Campaign. The objectives of the campaign sit well with the philosophies of the organisation of community selfless service and a responsibility for our environment based on gratitude for all the benefits nature and society bestows on us. This year the campaign falls on Sunday, 4 March 2019.