Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury is immensely proud that four of our own community members have been recognised by the Mayor of Brent for their outstanding charity and community work. Suryakantbhai Jadva, Mahesh Bhojani, Premila Bhojani and Muks Rabadia were all commended for their selfless service to society at a special ceremony alongside only a handful of other community champions.
‘Society before self’ is a fundamental tenet of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree and Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa – all of whom have inspired numerous charitable societally beneficial endeavours. Today, that encouragement is as strong as ever through Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, who continues to inspire our community to mobilise in support of numerous worthy causes. All four awardees acknowledge this special source of inspiration.
“Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa - a true pioneer in every respect - taught me to serve the community without the expectation of any reward. It is due to His blessings that I have received this award,” remarked Surykantbhai – who co-organised the awards event - crediting His award to our beloved Gurudev.
Mr and Mrs Bhojani, in a joint statement enthused, “It gives us immense pleasure to accept this award on behalf of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. We have both been in the fundraising committee at St Luke’s Hospice and through the support of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury, we have raised over £45,000 - their flagship annual Ladies Midnight Walk has always been well supported by the Mandir.”
The Mandir has organised and hosted blood sessions since 2009 and to date has collected 2000 units of blood and signed up 700 brand new donors over 20 individual sessions. The cause has been championed by Muks Rabadia, who has led the organisation of donor sessions and championed the campaign to give blood. Delighted to receive his award on behalf of the Mandir, Muks explained, “Lord Shree Swaminarayan has explained that ‘Sewa is a primary duty; service to society is our mantra’. And Acharya Swamishree Maharaj further teaches, ‘Giving blood is superior to giving alms. It is through giving of life that all of our lives are saved.’ This award is for all those at the Mandir who help organise and promote the blood donation sessions, and most of all, all those who have saved lives by giving blood.”
The next blood donation session will take place on Sunday 18 June 2017, Father’s Day. Donors can sign up at www.blood.co.uk (search for sessions in NW9 in the “find a venue” section).
The entire community at the Mandir is coming together this year to raise vital funds for Save the Children – and we hope you too will join us in this campaign of selfless giving. To find out more and take part, click here.