The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in Australia donated over $15,000 to the drought relief efforts led by the Australian Red Cross and Country Women’s Association of NSW’s Drought Relief Fund to support the farmers affected by this natural calamity.
Hon. Ray Williams, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Disability Services appreciated BAPS’s efforts in supporting the affected, “There are families that are struggling, communities that are struggling. You have recognized their plight through the very strong principles of your faith – the spirit of selfless service.”
State Member for Parramatta, Dr. Geoff Lee, thanked the community for its support and optimism. “With your generous donation, thoughts and prayers, we can help them through the hard times so they can get on their feet. Your commitment to selfless service shows the power of NSW as a multicultural and multi-faith community that allows us to contribute to other communities that you have never even met right across NSW and Australia.” Dr. Lee also thanked the swamis of BAPS for their leadership in the community through their travels to remote Australian communities to inspire the spirit of selfless service in individuals.
BAPS swamis and volunteers also visited Owendale Park in Broke, NSW, and gave donations to look after the needs of cattle. Prayers were offered for the good health of all living beings affected by the adverse weather conditions of NSW.