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Region 1 - Youth Age Link Party

Service expresses the divinity hidden in man. It broadens one's heart, it destroys narrow-mindedness, and it gives delight. The evil qualities and tendencies in us can be driven away through service. - Baba

On a slightly rainy Sunday afternoon on the 4th of November, a group of devotees from Region 1 dressed as cowboys and cowgirls in their checked shirts, boots and, of course, cowboy hats gathered at Tooting Sai Centre, Fircroft Road, who hosted this event. Volunteers arrived early to arrange tables, unpack sandwiches and brew many cups of tea and coffee. By 2pm, everything was in order and the volunteers of Region 1 excitedly anticipated the arrival of the elderly guests from all over South London, for cowboy themed afternoon filled with songs and games.
Events commenced with a sing along of 4 songs including "Amazing Grace" by Gayatriben and Serenaben of Tooting Sai Centre, who played the ukulele. This was followed by the game, "name that song" featuring the greatest artists of their time. This quickly descended into a free-for-all dance to some iconic tunes from the era of rock’n’roll, including Elvis! Following this was a beautiful violin performance by Johnbhai of Tooting Sai Centre SSE that was thoroughly appreciated by onlookers and was an inspiring sight.

Karaoke was next up, where volunteers and guests had fun singing some true classics, especially Doris Day’s "Que Sera Sera". Following this, was the much loved game of Bingo, orchestrated by Fred Flintstone and Mario (Brother Andrew and Brother Saran), with many prizes being awarded to the lucky winners. Bingo was succeeded by a good, old fashioned barn dance, found to be very entertaining by both the volunteers and guests, one of whom demonstrated how a true barn dance was to be performed. A final round of karaoke wrapped up the evening’s entertainment in style.
Both the guests and the volunteers enjoyed the Region 1 Youth cowboy themed Age Link Party immensely. As with all Age Link events, the exhaustion of everyone in the hall bore testament to the level of participation and enjoyment throughout the day.

Seva activities like these are golden opportunities to put into practice Bhagawan's teachings and seeing the smiles on the faces of the guests really made all the work worthwhile. The youth of Region One will be meeting again in December to pack hampers for the homeless at Christmas time. All are welcome to join.

By Harishanan Surendran
Tooting Sai Centre
Region 1 Youth