The SSIO of New Zealand conducted outreach to the community, with a focus on interfaith relations, during March and April 2016. In March, SSIO Public Outreach Committee member, J. Jagadeesan of Malaysia addressed Read More
On 11th April 2016, the SSIO of New Zealand inaugurated an Interfaith Friendship Group at the Trinity Methodist Church in Highland Park. Among the 129 people who attended Read More
In honour of Earth Day, 70 SSIO members assisted with beautification of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple in Auckland on 23rd April 2016. The event began with Read More
An Interfaith Friendship Programme was inaugurated at the Trinity Methodist Church in Auckland on 11th April 2016. Its goal was to develop an Interfaith Friendship Group (IFG), which will organise community projects to serve the needy and promote human values in society. Six months previously, the concept, based on Malaysia’s Friendship Group for Inter Religious Service, had been brought forward 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
As part of a Community Adoption Programme (CAP), for the last 15 years Sathya Sai volunteers have provided educational assistance to refugee children in the Glen Innes area of Auckland. The present programme is an extension of a previously-initiated project to offer free tuition classes for Burmese refugees in basic foundational skills in English and Mathematics. 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.
The SSIO of New Zealand hosted a Rongomai Community Day for the third year on 17th October 2015. Rongomai is a disadvantaged community, supported lovingly by Sathya Sai volunteers in New Zealand. The programme, themed “Be the Love That You Are,” focused on animals as a means of educating and informing the visitors as to how the practice of human values can help strengthen communities. Read More