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Region 4 - Global Service Day: Rugby & Coventry Centres

Sunday 14th July 2013

With Baba’s blessings, Sunday 14th July was a gloriously hot and sunny day, perfect for our Global Service Day.

The gazebo’s and chairs were set; tea, coffee and cold drinks at the ready and most importantly our guests had arrived and were looking forward to a day filled with lots of fun and entertainment. The programme started with a hearty warm welcome from Kishor and an overview of the day’s activities.

Our guests enjoyed traditional Bharat Natyam classical dancing performed by young students from a Coventry Bharat Natyam Classical dance school. The wonderful costumes were bright and vibrant and the performances were most enjoyable. Then the Coventry Morris Dancers performed fantastic folk dances, with some introduction to each dance, which involved sticks, bells and handkerchiefs; then after lunch they danced with sword-like instruments. They even interacted with the guests and invited them to volunteer and join in!

This year, we saw Ian King, the talented singer from Rugby, who entertained everyone throughout the event with popular songs which the guests sang along to and took many down memory lane. So many also couldn’t help but join in and dance along – all smiling faces.

One regular comment we receive from the guests is about the food shared and how much they enjoy it. Maybe it’s because it’s served with a beaming smile and lots of love!

Throughout the event, it was great to see so many volunteers, helpers taking part, enjoying the songs and dancing with the guests. It was wonderful to see some of the young SSE children helping our guests with their bingo games and getting involved with helping them spot the numbers called out. Soon after, ‘garba’ dance (North Indian folk dance) started and everyone were invited to join in; soon after, ice cream was served to help us cool down. Who needs an excuse for ice cream?

The day ended with a huge thank you to our guests and volunteers for making the event so enjoyable and fun. It was great to see so many smiling and happy faces.

Here are some of the things that our guests had to say:

I should like to thank you on behalf of all our residents, who had a lovely time at the Global Service Day, on 14 July. Thank you for all the hard work the Sathya Sai put into making the day so enjoyable, and special. It is most appreciated.
Cathy Crosson - Scheme Manager, Bond’s Court

Thank you for a truly wonderful afternoon we had with you all at Bubbenhall, today it was so happy and well organised and the food was very nice. Thank you from Hazel and George Duckett in Rugby

‘Hands that help are holier than lips that pray’ - Thank you to our beloved Swami for giving us the opportunity to put this teaching into practice. We all feel very privileged to be a part of this very special day and are very much looking forward to it again next year.

Jai Sai Ram - Krishna Parekh (SSE Parent)