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Region 5 - Health Awareness Day

A free walk-in Health Awareness Day (HAD) was held at Oldham Library, Greater Manchester on Saturday 27th September 2014. This was the fourth year running for HAD, and with Blessings from Bhagawan, proved to be a huge success once again, where over 160 visitors from Oldham and surrounding areas in Greater Manchester came through the doors.

Our day was started by inviting Bhagawan Baba with 3 Oms amongst our Sai Organisation volunteers; the official inauguration to the public was by the Mayor of Oldham Cllr Hussain. Guest speakers and supporters of the event present on the day were: Mrs Andrea Ellison – Library & Information Manager, Mr Alan Higgins – Director of Public Health, Cllr Susan Dearden – Chair of Health & Wellbeing Board – Oldham Cabinet member and Dr Anita Sharma – Oldham NHS CCG Board member. All the esteemed guests expressed how this event showed much unity amongst our volunteers and all approved of the ethos of the event – to serve the wider community with love.

The guests all commented on the organisation of the event and the selfless service offered by the entire team of complementary therapists, medics and volunteers. The Mayor said, “I’m very pleased with the Sai Organisation who have helped in organising this event” and also, “so many professionals giving up their time free and selflessly … “

Dr Anita Sharma said, “I’m really impressed how dedicated professionals are here to help improve health of Oldham people…”

Alan Higgins said, “I am a supporter of this event and enjoy the atmosphere the moment I walk into the gallery. The whole event is very uplifting and benefits individuals by having their medical checks.
I think the informality makes it easier to talk to professionals who are able to give more time to listen. Volunteering is the backbone of this event; people are here because they really want to be here.”

The event was jointly organised by Oldham Council, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, and our Sai Organisation. Pennine Care\'s Health Improvement Service, together with medical professionals from our Sai Organisation, provided free health checks including blood pressure, weight management, diabetes care, health improvement advice and GP consultations. Other health professionals were also on-hand to provide dental check-ups, advice on oral hygiene, eye care and medication information. A range of complementary therapies were also offered: homeopathy, back care, massage, aromatherapy, reiki and yoga.

Some new attractions were added for this year, which included lots of fun activities including a family first aid workshop, arts & crafts for children, and Oldham Coliseum, a local drama group, performing "The Tale of The Lost Tooth" throughout the day, raising awareness of oral health for young children.

We pray to Bhagawan Baba to give us the determination to continue to Serve and take every opportunity to do so.

Let me tell you that nothing is impossible if an organised society is set on achieving it…Through the sense of unity, the willingness to sacrifice, and the softness of compassion, all objects can be gained. So, the Sathya Sai Organisation must move forward with hearty enthusiasm in the field of service to society.
- Sathya Sai Speaks, 19th November, 1981.

Sanjay Vaja (Manchester) and Nishal Govindji-Bhatt (Region 5 RYC)