Join the Gandhi Walk to help dis­abled chil­dren

Fundraiser will sup­port the Canaan Care Cen­tre

Go! & Express - - Entertainment - SARAH KINGON

THE East Lon­don Hindu So­ci­ety (ELHS) in­vites peo­ple from all walks of life to join them in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence at the ninth an­nual Gandhi Walk on Oc­to­ber 4.

This year they have cho­sen to raise funds for the Canaan Care Cen­tre in South­ern­wood.

The NPO caters for chil­dren with men­tal and pro­found phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, pro­vid­ing them with ed­u­ca­tion, ther­apy and care, al­low­ing the chil­dren to reach their full po­ten­tial.

“We vis­ited the cen­tre and saw the good work they do and the chil­dren they take care of.

“Their kitchen is in need of re­pair. In the words of Ma­hatma Gandhi, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’.

“We see these com­pletely help­less chil­dren and want to make the lives of their care­givers bet­ter by get­ting the fa­cil­i­ties work­ing bet­ter,” East Lon­don Hindu So­ci­ety spokesman Ashwin Soma said.

This walk is de­vised to unite peo­ple of all races, cul­tures and re­li­gions to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the less for­tu­nate, which is in line with the phi­los­o­phy of Ma­hatma Gandhi.

“The East Lon­don Hindu So­ci­ety cel­e­brates 91 years of ex­is­tence this year,” Soma said.

“Part of our aim is to pro­mote our cul­ture, sup­port the com­mu­nity and live in har­mony, which is what Gandhi stood for.”

The ELHS has sup­ported var­i­ous char­i­ties through this event over the years in­clud­ing: SPCA, DJ Sobey Old Age Home, Masi- manyane Women’s Sup­port Cen­tre, Breast Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion, The Haven Care Cen­tre, Greensleeves Chil­dren’s Home, Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion and the St Bernard’s Hos­pice.

Tick­ets for the event cost R40 each, which in­cludes a free meal.

The race be­gins at 10am at Ox­ford Strid­ers and en­trants can walk ei­ther 5km or 10kms.

ELHS is thank­ful to Re­freshhh!, which has spon­sored T-shirts to the first 1 200 en­trants.

Walk­ers can look for­ward to lucky-draw prizes and spot prizes for those wear­ing their Re­freshhh! T-shirts.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Sports­man’s Ware­house, Hair by Ginno, To­tal Sports (Vin­cent Park), Cin­na­mon Stick, Fries­land Milk bar, Bil­imo­ria Fish­ing Tackle, AV Su­per­mar­ket and the Canaan Care Cen­tre.

T-shirts can be col­lected from Ox­ford Strid­ers on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 2 from 5pm to 7pm and Satur­day Oc­to­ber 3 from 9am to 11am at the Mahila Man­dal Hall in Brae­lyn Heights.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, con­tact Sam on 082-563-4985.

Pic­ture: SUPPLIED

PRO­MOT­ING UNITY: The East Lon­don Hindu So­ci­ety welcome the East Lon­don com­mu­nity to join them for the ninth an­nual Gandhi Walk on Oc­to­ber 4. From left, priest Gopalb­hai Vyas, hold­ing a Gandhi poster, Bhan­ab­hai Dul­labh, Dal­lub­hai Bhika, Mani­lalb­hai Val­labh and Kassenbhai Ram­jee, seen tak­ing part in last year’s event

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