UNITED SIKHS

Please Be Involved, Click here and Join UNITED SIKHS

To receive forthcoming bulletins join our UNITED SIKHS Yahoo group

To donate go to www.unitedsikhs.org/donate

This Press Release may be read online at: http://www.unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/PRSRLS-22-02-2009-00.htm

Press Release: 22nd Feb 2009, Sunday         11th Phalgun (Samvat 541 Nanakshahi )

Press Release

UNITED SIKHS 'Feed the Hungry' Campaign Brings Winter Solace to Homeless in Toronto

"Under the 'Feed the Hungry' campaign, UNITED SIKHS will work with Gurdwaras (Sikh place of worship), to feed and clothe the needy from all communities around the world. To date 10 Gurdwaras in Ontario have agreed to participate in this campaign," said Charankamal Singh, Sikh Aid Director of UNITED SIKHS (Canada).



To volunteer or to organize a 'Feed the Hungry' campaign in your city or town, please fill a form here. You may download a poster for the 'Feed the Hungry' Campaign here.
To Donate please go to www.unitedsikhs.org/donate or post your cheque to a UNITED SIKHS office nearest to you. For details of our offices see http://www.unitedsikhs.org/contact.php.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: On the crisp cold morning of 20th February, the Parkdale Recreation Centre of downtown Toronto was filled with volunteers wearing a dastaar (a Sikh turban), who were serving hot-meals and distributing warm clothes. Over twenty-five UNITED SIKHS volunteers were at the recreation centre to feed several hundred homeless people at the start of a 'Feed the Hungry' campaign, in response to the ongoing economic crisis which has left many people without jobs and homes globally.

UNITED SIKHS Volunteers distributing hot-meals and beverages to the homeless at the Parkdale recreation center

The food drive that started at 11am with tea, snacks, cheek peas, salad, rice pudding and beverages, lasted until 2 pm. Clothing was also distributed to the needy. Recreation centre director, Charmaine Faredo, said, "Today's food drive has helped feed a lot of people. We need to see more of such activities. This recreation centre opened in 1993 for homeless and even though several groups have supported in the past there is ever more need now to sustain the program. I thank UNITED SIKHS for their humanitarian support."

Charankamal Singh, Sikh Aid Director of UNITED SIKHS-Canada, said, "The economic crisis has hit every community and many more families are now in need. The 'Feed the Hungry' campaign is a response to this need."

"Under the 'Feed the Hungry' campaign, UNITED SIKHS will work with Gurdwaras (Sikh place of worship), to feed and clothe the needy from all communities around the world," added Charankamal Singh. Sikh Gurdwaras practise a 500-year-old tradition of serving free food from the community kitchen, called the langar .

To date, the following 10 Gurdwaras in Ontario have committed to participate in UNITED SIKHS' monthly Feed the Hungry campaign : Glidden Road Gurdwara (March 2009); Reagan Road Gurdwara (April 2009), Dixie Road Gurdwara (May 2009), Scarborough Gurdwara (June 2009), Malton Gurdwara (July 2009), Oakville Gurdwara (Aug 2009), Tivalda Road Gurdwara (Sept 2009), Jot Parkash Gurdwara (Oct 2009), Mayfield Gurdwara (Nov 2009) and Rexdale Gurdwara (December 2009).

Over the last four years, UNITED SIKHS has mobilized 12 disaster relief missions spanning 8 countries in Asia and North America, including the Asian Tsunami, Asian Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina and the Myanmar Cyclone. The 'Feed the Hungry' campaign is an extension of UNITED SIKHS' humanitarian relief work in response to the dire need for food caused by man-made crises.

The Toronto 'Feed the Hungry' event was sponsored by a UNITED SIKHS Director, Baljit Singh, to mark the celebration of his daughter's birthday. "Today is my daughter's birthday and I thought what better way to celebrate than to help and feed the hungry. This special day brings immense pleasure to me," said Baljit Singh from Brampton.

Volunteers being briefed before the distribution of clothing to the homeless.

UNITED SIKHS Volunteers distributing beverages. UNITED SIKHS Volunteers in the kitchen.

"We are committed to feeding the hungry. Our Sikh Aid teams would organize such drives each month to reach out to the needy. UNITED SIKHS' recognizes the human race as one family and it's in this spirit that we have started this 'Feed the Hungry' project," said Amneet Singh, a UNITED SIKHS volunteer.

"Today's effort was to further a 500 year old mission by Guru Nanak Sahib , the first Sikh Guru, to feed the hungry, " said Ranbir Singh, UNITED SIKHS' Community Affairs director.

To volunteer or to organize a 'Feed the Hungry' campaign in your city or town, please fill a form here. You may download a poster for the 'Feed the Hungry' Campaign here. To Donate please go to www.unitedsikhs.org/donate or post your cheque to a UNITED SIKHS office nearest to you. For details of our offices see http://www.unitedsikhs.org/contact.php

For any further inquiries please email sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org

Issued By:

Sukhwinder Singh
Director
UNITED SIKHS
sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org
1- 905 672 2245


WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN, BUT WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! PLEASE DONATE GENEROUSLY; HOWEVER, NO AMOUNT IS TOO LITTLE.

You can help those affected by countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the UNITED SIKHS, which will provide immediate relief and support to those in need. Call 1-888-243-1690 for more information. Contribute to UNITED SIKHS through local chapter in your country http://unitedsikhs.org/contact.php . Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://unitedsikhs.org/donate.php . If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation.

Our Mission

To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.

UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful projects and dialogues - whether social, cultural or political- to promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns and cities.

UNITED SIKHS is a coalition of organisations and individuals, who share a common vision based on the belief that there is no greater endeavour than to serve, empower and uplift fellow beings. The core of our philosophy is an unwavering commitment to civic service and social progress on behalf of the common good.

Accordingly, UNITED SIKHS has sought to fulfil its mission not only by informing, educating and uplifting fellow beings but also by participating in cross-cultural and political exchanges to ensure that the promises and benefits of democracy are realized by all.

We at UNITED SIKHS believe that the development of enlightened and progressive societies can be made possible by socially conscious groups of people who make a commitment to develop and direct human potential. Our work, efforts and achievements stand as a testament to our faith in this vision.