Monday, 18 November 2013

Gurpurab Clothes Drive 2013 - Over 1000 'Black Bags' Collected



Vaheguru ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

On Sunday 17th November to the mark the Gurpurab (birth date) of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, the Sikh community of Leicester along with the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance, Kaurageous Leicester and Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara teamed up with charities, Action Homeless, Rainbows Hospice and Unique Home for Girls to hold a clothes drive.

The first Sikh Guru was a social reformer and a spiritual guide for Sikhs. He blessed Sikhs with key principles such as a belief in One God, equality, selfless service, earning an honest living, sharing with and caring for humanity.

A spokesman for the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance said, “The community would like to fulfil Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee’s message to selflessly serve humanity by supporting the benefactor charities”.

These three charities are carrying out vital work to help children suffering from terminal illness (Rainbows Hospice), women and children who have been left homeless as a result of domestic violence (Action Homeless) and abandoned girls (Unique Home for Girls).

Over 1000 'black bin bags' worth of clothes were collected on the day, which roughly equates to 9 tonnes, based on long wheel based van loads.

All in all the day was a huge success and the Sikh community would like to thank all those that volunteered and donated on the day, which included people of all backgrounds and communities. It was also great to see Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP attend, donate and support the event.

Newspaper Coverage: GCD2013_Leicester_Mercury

Video on the day: GCD2013_Video

More information on charities:-
1.      Action Homeless: Bridge House, Charity Reg (702230)
      Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu6sPLOmPaI
2.      Rainbows Hospice, Charity Reg (1014051) - http://www.rainbows.co.uk
      Video: http://youtu.be/Kj-_DbYcBeY
3.      Unique Home for Girls, Charity Reg (1127531) -
       http://www.uniquehomeforgirls.co.uk/
       https://www.facebook.com/uniquehome

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