Oct 3, 2012

Sewa Day was observed organising various programmes by the Nepalese community in different parts of the UK on 7th October under the aegis of the Nepalese Hindu Forum UK and other organisations.

On the occasion of  the International Sewa day on Sunday 7th October, about 20 people serving British Gurkhas from Gurkha Company, Nepalese community Catterick branch and local Scotton village  took part to help clean the Scotton beck. This Sewa day was conducted at the initiation of Nepalese Hindu Forum  UK (NHFUK), a charity organisation working for the promotion of interfaith and cross cultural understanding.
 Sewa is a universal concept  involved in the performing an act of kindness selflessly without expectation of reward.  This Sewa day poject was selected on the Scotton Parish Council, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, meeting on 1st of October 2012. The decision was taken to clean the area which was badly affected by floods and was inspected by local councillor Margaret Smith. 

"sewaPeople assembled at Scotton village Hall carpark about 9:30 on Sunday morning with full enthusiasm carrying with litter pickers, globes, rubbish bags, bush cutter and  khukuri and every one contributing  the  cleaning up the beck, getting rid of branches and leaves and any blockages causing the water to build up behind the Scotton village hall which is badly affected by recent floods.  After completing the clean up, Sewa Day volunteers had taken  all the collected rubbish to the dumping site.

On behalf of Scotton Parish Council, Local councillor Jagannath Sharma thanked all for making the positive contribution to the community by sacrificing ‘’your usual Sunday morning  time to help clean the beck on the occasion of Sewa day.’’ ‘’Your commitment and aspiration to serve other is much appreciated, he said, adding that the work what you have done today is an example of your commitment towards positive contribution to the local community and I encourage to all to give some of your spare time to the benefit of the community as we all are  part of the community and the benefits of the community means we all also get share of the benefit.

 Mr Atmaram Dahal also thanked for the voluntary works and encouraged all to continue this type of work in the future.  Second in Command in Gurkha Company Capt Ram Malla actively coordinated the project to make it very successful. Corpal Eka Rai and other volunteers have expressed their happiness to get involved in this sewa day. Sergeant Mulibir Rai and Rhidumna Dahal, had taken photographs of the programme in addition to contributing to the successful completion of the cleaning campaign, will definitely encourage to others to contribute for the exemplary community voluntary work in the area in the future.

As Sewa and promotion to health to the community, Shiva Cultural and Community Centre and Nepali Hindu Forum UK organised YOGA session for all ages between 0900 to 1400 hours at Grosvenor Road, Aldershot. Sewa Day was also observed in Reading where over a dozen people participated in the Yoga as a health promotion and awareness programme.