Whilst service to the community is one of the main drivers of the SSIO, another aspect of service is a commitment to respect and support of our Mother Earth for all she provides. A large range of service activities are undertaken by individual regions and groups of the SSIO within Australia. To further awareness and provide opportunities, the following initiatives are highlighted. Rydalmere NSW centre has a number of sustainability projects in place that provide examples of what can be undertaken on an ongoing basis by individuals and as a group activity.
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We all know the earth is in crisis. Climate change, pollution, over-exploitation, habit loss and species extinctions are ever-present reminders of our need to change our behaviours. 2020 marks the 95th year of the advent of Sathya Sai Baba. To mark the occasion, Envirocare Australia, the SSIO’s environmental program, is sharing via 3 videos, ideas of 95 potential green pledges we can all take to make a positive change for the environment.
There is an expression, ‘plant a tree for your grandchildren’. The trees we plant generally develop their full grandeur and potential well beyond the life of those who plant them. However, even during our short span, they provide numerous services to humankind and the entire natural environment: shade; climate amelioration, global and local; habit and air services to name a few, not to mention their aesthetic appeal. The SSIO Australia will again participate in the national tree planting drive.
NSW Region West of the SSIO Australia is commemorating the 95th Year of the Advent of Sathya Sai Baba with two special service activities: a Birthing Kit promotion and a prolonged Ceiling on Desires initiative.
Clean Up Australia Day is an annual, national community event occurring on the first Sunday in March. The day is dedicated to responsibly cleaning rubbish in local environments, whether suburban or rural, parks, beaches, creeks, ……wherever volunteers can make a difference. The SSIO has been supporting this initiative for many years.
SSIO Australia’s Response to the Bushfire Emergencies of Summer of 2019/20
The SSIO of Australia & PNG has responded to the devastation created by the current bushfire emergency by encouraging its members to assist the affected individuals, communities and wildlife in a number of ways and expects this assistance will continue for some time.
NSW Region West together with SydWest Multiculrural Services is hosting a special Multicultural Christmas Celebration for seniors in Blacktown, Western Sydney on Saturday, 14 December 2019. All are welcome
NSW West Region’s Young Adults are running a workshop on Health and Wellbeing designed specifically for those within the 18 – 40 years age-group. This is a very timely event at the end of another busy year. All within the age-group are welcome.
As a Christmas celebration, the Victorian Regions of the SSIO are hosting meal, carol singing and a fun evening for the homeless. This is special part of their regular Thursday night feeding program. All are very welcome and encouraged to join us in this special event.
The Sathya Sai Centre of Westmead from NSW Region West of the SSIO has adopted a village in Sri Lanka providing a range of services to uplift the community. This is part of an international programme by the SSIO identifying a number of communities that can be adopted and assisted within the resources of individual units or regions.