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UNITED SIKHS celebrates the achievements of Team GB during the London 2012 Games


As London closed the London 2012 games with a spectacular final closing ceremony of the Olympics with the Paralympics. UNITED SIKHS celebrates the achievements of Team GB for their outstanding success in the games with over 180 medals in total at the Olympics and Paralympics games.

Comments from volunteers who join in with Langgar2012

“Honestly, I loved every single second of it from trying to stay awake the whole night along with my friend Jasdeep who successfully managed to stay awake whereas I accidently fell asleep for like 20mins, to meeting everyone at the Seven Kings Gurdwara at 6am, to learning how to make Roti Roll Langgar with sevadaars from up and down the UK as well as that Canadian camera bhaji, to serving to the community at East Ham High street as well as at Baba Fauja Singhs torch relay, to running along with Baba Fauja Singh and all his supporters, to coming back to the Seven Kings Gurdwara and eating some Pakoreh with some Roti Rolls I had in my jumper pocket from earlier, and to the worst and hardest bit of the day when saying our goodbyes and departing away from the big family. Overall I would rate the day 500 out of 5 and I can’t wait to see the UNITED SIKHS sevadars soon! :)” Harchand Singh – Langgar 2012 sevadar at Seven Kings Gurdwara

– What was your favourite moment of the event?
“Favourite part was waking up at 6am and making the Langgar because we were all together and united as one to serve Langgar to the community.
I learnt how to interact and work as a team with the other members in Gurdwaras to come together and organise a successful public event”
Palvinder Kaur – Langgar 2012 Volunteer Seven Kings Gurdwara

– What was your favourite moment of the event?
“Hmmm… I’d say the initial moment when we arrived at Seven Kings, we were welcomed to be part of the team immediately and this set a good foundation for the rest of the day. Felt like family as we all worked together with no politics, all for the greater good.” Mandave Singh Langgar 2012 Volunteer Birmingham

“Great energy great sevadars plenty of new recruits. I came only knowing 2 or 3 people and I left with 10 new friends. That sums up the beauty of the event or me” Amritpal Singh UNITED SIKHS Law Intern shares his experience at Langgar 2012

“Langaar 2012 was splendid, spectacular and once in a life time moment. Thank you UNITED SIKHS, UK for uniting us to honor a legend and serve langaar and thank you UNITED SIKHS, USA for letting me experience a moment of peace, unity, and compassion.” Jasvir Kaur, UNITED SIKHS USA Volunteer

“Volunteers began to enter Seven Kings Gurdwara from 11pm the previous night from up and down the UK. As we began to prepare Langgar at 3am the atmosphere was amazing although the volunteers have never met each other before it felt like a big family. We made thousands of Roti Rolls and we could not wait to get to the Langgar service points to begin to serve the community ” Sun Kaur, Director, UNITED SIKHS.

“WJKK WJKF Team I am back from London. This was my unforgettable trip. July 21st was Really a BIG day for UNITED SIKHS and whole SIKH community. And I was a part of that. I am so happy. I am so impressed by UK volunteers. I saw how they made this event successful -unbelievable. The work done by SUN KAUR-can’t explain. She handled whole event responsibly she did not sleep many nights and drove through whole England to make this event successful, her phone was ringing all the time , she was running here and there to give instructions to volunteers, she was speaking to media -I have no words to explain. On July 21st at 7:30am when I entered Singh Sabha Gurdwara First I saw her in Gurdwara kitchen where volunteers were making Roti Rolls and next minute she was in Langgar Hall with volunteers who were packing Rolls and after two minutes i saw her standing with “Sangat TV” anchor giving them interview, after 5 minutes she was on phone talking with volunteers , and in next two minutes she was with some Bhenjis explaining to them how to make Roti Rolls. Sun Kaur Bhenji I Salute you. We made this event successful because of Mejindarpal Kaur bhenji and you. It’s all your and volunteers hard work. Congratulations to all of you.” Sukhwinder Singh, Director, UNITED SIKHS, Canada

And finally the comments off  the Turbaned Tornado Bhai Fauja Singh a prominent figure in sport, an inspiration for many and is applauded for being a great inspiration representing the Sikh identity around the world.” My eyes have been filled with tears of joy from the moment I stepped into Seven Kings Gurdwara this morning seeing the preparations by the volunteers, then the cheers I received when holding the Olympic torch. I really appreciate all the support I have been given and this is something I will never forget.”   Bhai Fauja Singh. 

Attached are links of highlights of Langgar 2012

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We would like to thank the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, Paul Uppal MP, Harmander Singh & The Sikhs in City Team, Sangat Television and Sikh Channel

Thank you to all the Langgar 2012 Volunteers from UK, Canada, India, USA for your contribution and participation

Also a great big thanks to all the Gurdwaras who took supported and took part in this event: Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar (Kabul Di Sangat), Gurdwara Sahib Woolwich, Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Leyton, Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Harley Grove, Gurdwara Singh Sabha London East  (Barking and Seven Kings), Sri Guru Amardass Gurdwara, Southall, Guru Nanak Darbar Belvedere, Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara, Neville Road. Ramgarhia Sikh Association, Woolwich, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha , GNNSJ Martindale Road, Hounslow, Miri Piri Gurdwara, Southall, Mata Sahib Kaur Sikh Academy Gurdwara, Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Reading, Guru Nanak Satsang Sabha Karamsar

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Peace, unity, compassion Jasvir Kaur tells us about her experience at Langgar 2012

Peace, unity, compassion seems far out of reach these days with all the complexities of life. Being around hopeful, active, optimistic people serving a greater good is the experience of sangat, it’s not out of reach at all. This is the experience I felt when I participated in Langaar 2012.

UNITED SIKHS asked me to represent the USA in one of its creative projects for the London 2012 Olympics Torch Relay. I was honoured and a bit selfish when I accepted the offer. Honored because they thought I was worthy of representing the UNITED SIKHS and selfish because I heard that Fauja Singh was going to be carrying the torch and I would meet him. It’s been a personal dream of mine to meet him. I first heard of Fauja Singh and his quest to run for charity about ten years back, when he was at the tender age of 92. After learning more about him, I was inspired to run a marathon as well. Yeap, did it once and that was enough for me. It’s a mental challenge more than a physical one, I understood why discipline was important. Discipline in diet, in exercising, simply in life!

July 20, 2012, in London, I was picked up by Sun Kaur, a beautiful, dedicated, determined soul. She’d been making deliveries since 6:30am to Gurdwaras participating in Langaar 2012. We became delivery girls for the day, delivering stickers, fliers, t-shirts, making sure they understand how to make ‘roti rolls’ and where and when to be at their stations to serve Langaar along the Relay route. I was amazed to hear how many Gurdwaras were taking part in the event. It’s hard enough for 2 Gurdwaras to agree to participate in an event, let alone FIFTEEN. By 8:30pm after all the deliveries were made, we arrived at the Gurdwara in Ilford.

We were greeted by so many ‘valahti’ volunteers. They drove hours to participate in this seva. In all the excitement of meeting one another from near and far, London, Birmingham, Canada and of course I’ve got to represent, US, we didn’t sleep all night. At the crack of dawn, 4am, we gathered to start the process of roti rolling, sabji stuffing, burrito-like wrapping, and sticker sticking. What a beautiful moment it was to do seva, the sangat singing ‘Asa di Vaar’ and “satnam waheguru…” I didn’t want that moment to end. By the time it was 9am, we had made 600 “Roti rolls”, half-way done but we only had a few more hours.

Wait! Do you hear that? ‘Baba ji (being respectful to his age) ahgahey”. All dressed in white, it’s Fauja Singh! The cameras come flying out and the flashes go crazy. The bibis elbow any one in their way, the bhajis slide their hands on their pughs before posing next to the superstar. Everyone is fighting for time with this inspiration, who walks in with his hands folded. He’s no academic or prodigy, in fact he can’t read or write, yet he has inspired so many people by living simply. The seva slows down for a bit as we take turns wanting to spend time with Fauja Singh. We want him to know we gathered, not for the Olympics, but because we are proud he’s chosen to run part of the Relay holding the Olympic torch. He’s the perfect one to represent a GurSikh. He’s Sabat Soorat, alert, talkative, optimistic, inspiring AND he’s 101 years old. Unbelievable he is!

A quick visit by Fauja Singh and it’s back to the seva with full force. More and more sangat joined, more assembly lines were formed and we did it. If only every sangat gathering could be this united, this motivated, imagine what we could accomplish. It’s 11am and we gather to get into our yellow “Langaar 2012” volunteer t-shirts, pack up the cars and head out to Relay Route. Along the Relay route our volunteers stood distinguished by the yellow t-shirts and dastaars. In all there were over 10,000 roti rolls made, served and devoured by spectators of the Olympic Relay route.

Then there was the moment, at 1:50pm, the Sevadars, spectators, and sports fans line up along the street waiting for the moment Fauja Singh will carry the Olympic torch. Of course the press is there and Singhs spot them to make sure they are noticed, videotaped and perhaps interviewed. But no one steals the show like Fauja Singh. There he is surrounded by security in grey uniforms, in the middle a beam of white light, Fauja Singh runs with the torch.

Langaar 2012 was splendid, spectacular and once in a life time moment. Thank you UNITED SIKHS, UK for uniting us to honor a legend and serve langaar and thank you UNITED SIKHS, USA for letting me experience a moment of peace, unity, and compassion.

Jasvir Kaur
UNITED SIKHS – USA volunteer