In New South Wales (NSW), Christmas was celebrated at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Marrickville. The theme for the event, attended by 150 people, was “Joy to the World.” The peaceful ambience of the church offered a Read More
After a Category 5 cyclone struck Fiji on 20 February 2016, the Sathya Sai International Organisation of Zone 3 – Australia and Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Zealand, sprang into action immediately. Sathya Sai volunteers started offering hot meals, food packets, drinking water, clothes and medical care to the victims of the natural disaster. Read More
The SSIO of Australia and Papua New Guinea participated in a Christmas celebration on the morning of 12th December 2015 in Blacktown, NSW. The event was organised in collaboration with the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) organisation’s Aged Care and Disability Services, who provide free services to people with disabilities, mental illness, chronic conditions, terminal illness, or the aged, and SydWest Multicultural Services, Read More
SSIO volunteers organised an evening extravaganza of music, drama, and dance at Bowman Hall in Blacktown, Sydney, on 1st November 2015. In response to a cordial invitation extended to all ethnic communities, the hall was packed with Croatians, Serbians, Italians, Lebanese, Iranians, Indians, Sri Lankans, Chinese, Greeks, Egyptians, Africans, Spanish, and people of other ethnic groups, who came together happily as one family. The Honourable Stephen Bali, Mayor of Blacktown, was the Guest of Honour. The event underscored Sathya Sai’s teachings about the importance of respecting different cultures and beliefs in order to maintain and promote world peace and harmony.
Sathya Sai volunteers from the New South Wales (NSW) East region visited nursing homes in the local area on Sunday, 18th October 2015, to spread love and cheer through songs, dances, and joyful performances. Three groups of volunteers, accompanied by talented and energetic musicians, visited eight nursing homes to entertain the elderly residents with classical and nostalgic Australian songs. The event, led by two dedicated Sathya Sai youth, was a resounding success. It was an opportunity to bring smiles to the faces of the senior residents, who also joined in the singing at times, sharing the love and joy among all participants.
Sathya Sai volunteers in the Victoria region, in collaboration with the Whitehorse Interfaith Network, organised an All-Faiths Music Festival at Box Hill Town Hall on 16th August 2015. More than 350 guests and dignitaries attended this landmark event, including Read More
On 14th August 2015, a Ladies’ Retreat, based on the theme, “Dancing in the Light,” was held at the beautiful and serene Chenrezig Buddhist Temple at Eudlo on the Sunshine Coast. A wonderful and diverse programme kept the participants fully engaged for three days, Read More
The SSIO of New South Wales celebrated Guru Poornima with service. The youth conducted many projects, including a nursing home visit, food drive, tree planting, and organising a Life Skills programme for refugees and needy people. In July and August of 2015, Sathya Sai followers of all ages brought music and dancing to residents of seven nursing homes across Sydney to cheer up the residents. They packaged and distributed more than 2.8 tonnes of food to the House of Welcome and the Tregear community. The volunteers brightened the lives of refugees and disadvantaged people through creative arts, games, music, and inspirational talks.
Over the past two years, Sathya Sai Youth in Western Australia have volunteered regularly at Native Arc, a volunteer-operated wildlife rescue sanctuary in the protected wetlands of Bibra Lake. The sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates injured Australian native animals in the region. Every three months, the youth spend a day caring for the animals, including cleaning enclosures, preparing food for the animals, and establishing new enclosures. This opportunity educates the youth on the importance of conservation and caring for Mother Nature.
Tree planting is popular among Australians in July, not only because the National Tree Planting Day falls in this period, but also because of school holidays, cooler winter weather, and soil conditions. In 2015, SSIO members in the states of Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia planted in all more than 24,000 native tree saplings in environmental service gestures to protect and nourish Mother Nature. Read More