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Region 5 - Cumbria Flood Relief

December 2015 was a difficult and unfortunate month for the Cumbria community in the UK. The region was hit by one of the worst floods in its history. Thousands were left homeless. People lost their businesses and jobs and tourism was affected badly. The government pledged to contribute over 50 million in an attempt to bring the region back to normality.

As part of their service activity, the Sathya Sai International Organisation decided to help in the relief efforts. Contact was made through the council and other teams. The service coordinators all over the UK enthusiastically participated with support from their regions. The Sai devotees around the UK were made aware of the plans to help the area of Cumbria who responded positively to the appeal.

Delivery of Items at the Cumbria Salvation Army Relief Centre by Region 5 Devotees

Van Loaded by Region 5 in Preparation of Supplying Aid

Over 55 boxes of perishable and non-perishable items were collected. The first batch of boxes were distributed to the Salvation Army in January 2016 and the second batch in February 2016. The work in Cumbria is continuing and throughout this service activity, we have built strong relationships with the council as well as the flood volunteer groups. Region 5 will be working closely with the other regions to continue to assist Cumbrian authorities with the relief efforts.

Amish Dave Hurree
Region 5 Service Coordinator