Kingsbury Community Go the Extra Mile for Sport Relief

Members from Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury joined forces with the local community in support of this year’s Sport Relief campaign. Well over one hundred runners young and old turned out in force on Sunday 20th March for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile to raise vital funds for this national charity with international reach.

The day was a great success with friends and families joining together to go the extra mile for Sport Relief 2016. Pre-event festivities included face-painting, henna body art, as well as a guided tour around the mandir. The mile was started by Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council for Brent, with participants cheered on by the sounds of beating dhol drums and Scottish pipes, uniquely provided by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Dhol Academy and Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band respectively.

Diyana Versani, who at just 9 months old, was one of the youngest participants, raised £250 with her older sister Vinaya Kerai. Diyana crossed the finish line in true style, having only learnt how to walk last month!

Khushil Rabadia, aged 4, dressed as a fireman to complete his mile and raised an incredible £600 in his first ever sponsored run.

Cousins Eisha Gorsia and Shay Patel aged 6 jointly raised a further £685 and ran 3 whole miles!

Muks Rabadia, the Sport Relief Local Champion said ‘It was fantastic to see families come together in aid of such a worthy cause. Early indications suggest nearly £5,000 has been raised by those running this mile, a huge well done to all the participants both young and old’’

Dr Mahesh Varsani, trustee of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury, said, “It was a fantastic day! Watching the community come together to support such a great cause was brilliant! The Mandir’s extensive charity work, inspired by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, is vital to our ethos of service to others. We feel very proud knowing that the money raised here today will help people living unimaginably tough lives right here in London, across the rest of the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.”

In addition to the Sport Relief Mile in Kingsbury, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band also supported participants in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games that took place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, showcasing its long-standing commitment to Sports Relief.

The Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Mile has been going strong since 2008, previously in Golders Green and more recently in Kingsbury. To date nearly £50,000 has been raised for Sport Relief. The Mandir and Sport Relief would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person who has donated money or gave their time to go the extra mile.