Bringing Smiles to the Elderly
BAPS Charities organised a special party for 44 elderly residents and 12 carers from local care homes on Sunday 5 October 2014 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London.
The event was part of BAPS Charities’ commitment to ‘Sewa Day’ – an initiative where “thousands of good-hearted people across the world come together to perform Sewa (an act of kindness without expectation of reward) and experience the joy of giving in its truest sense.”
Mayor of Brent Cllr Kana Naheerathan joined students from The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and 25 volunteers from BAPS Charities at the gathering.
The guests were welcomed at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London by young volunteers before being guided around the sanctum sanctorum and adjoining cultural complex. At The Swaminarayan School in the afternoon, volunteers presented a cultural programme incorporating a fun sing-along and colourful folk dance.
A magic show and comedy interlude brought further entertainment and hearty smiles to all. Volunteers served a delicious meal to the visitors and presented each one with a personalised souvenir before they departed.
Kirit Wadia, lead volunteer of the event, shared, “BAPS Charities is committed to bringing happiness to the lives of others, and the elderly deserve it just as much as any of us. It was really heart-warming to see such lovely smiles. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and look forward to more opportunities to bring laughter and joy to many more in the future.”
Mary Nolan from Kenwood Nursing Home added: “The residents had a wonderful day, enjoying the music, dancing, comedy and magic. All your hard work, time and effort made the day a very special one. The residents and their families really appreciated the photographs and will have them as a lasting memory of the day.”
To learn more about Sewa Day, please click here.
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