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Region 1 - Eggstravganza 2015!!

For the last few years, Region 1 has been collecting Easter Eggs to be donated to local hospitals. We have always wanted to make Easter enjoyable for the patients at these hospitals during the Easter break. Last year we collected 850 eggs, inspired by a young girl, Aayushi from Brixton Sai centre, who told her parents that she would like to give her ONLY Easter egg (which was personalised) to a child in hospital. Most of the eggs are now collected by our dearest SSE children along with the support of the adults and youth.

Every story has a moment of magic as does this one. We wanted to increase the activity further this year , but ended up collecting 641 eggs only. However, Swami had a surprise in store for us. About a month ago, I mentioned this annual activity to a friend and asked him if he wanted to participate in this collection. He agreed but everything had gone a bit a quiet so I did not follow up on this. To my utter surprise, he rang and said that he had managed to collect a few eggs and asked if he could drop them off. I was astonished to find, when he turned up at my house, 224 eggs given by Croydon Gurudwara! This was a wonderful gesture indeed, and now............we had 865 eggs!! More than our expectations!

We delivered the eggs to ROYAL MARDSEN Hospital, The Children’s Trust and Mayday Hospital. All three Hospitals were overwhelmed and they responded very positively saying that this would bring a smile to the patient’s faces. Swami teaches us to ‘practise ceiling on desires’ and I feel our SSE children have worked wonderfully at this! With Swami’s divine grace we hope that we can continue this drive and collect even more eggs next year, thus bringing happiness to a lot more children.

Saish Balakrishnan
Region 1 Youth Coordinator