Annual Fundraising Gala brings an exciting buzz to Surrey

IMG_7650Surrey: 5th annual fundraiser was hosted by Akal Academy Surrey in conjunction with The Kalgidhar Society on  May 24. The 2014 fundraiser was dedicated to collect proceeds for the currently under construction Akal University Guru Ki Kashi at Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo (Punjab).  The attendees shared their excitement and enthusiasm for the project.

IMG_7676The program was telecasted live on an Indian Punjabi television.

The evening was graced by Baba Iqbal Singh ji, President of The Kalgidhar Society Baru Sahib.  He shared the vision for the new project and personally appealed to everyone for their kind contributions. Baba Ji explained to the gala the importance of the new Akal University and how this university will spread the universal message of brotherhood of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Guru Gobind Singh ji. “Education is the cornerstone of our ability to develop an affluent society” Baba Ji told the congregation.  He also commented, “With God’s grace, our children will have the opportunity to receive an education and pass that gift on for generations to come”.

IMG_7734Dr. Khem Singh Gill former Vice Chancellor & Chairman of the Akal Academies wing of the Kalgidhar society emphasized the need of value based education which is being provided by a chain of 129 Akal Academies which provide education to over 60,000 children in northern India.

Ravinderpal Singh from the Delhi chapter of Baru sahib gave a moving slide show presentation on the conditions of Punjab today.  He offered a detailed presentation with statistics that highlighted the need for the new University project.

Dr Pargat Singh Bhurji read the official messages from the Hon. Premier Christy Clark & Mayor Dianne Watts.  Dr. Bhurji also offered his own thoughts commenting that “the work that the Kalgidhar Society has done to date has been nothing short of remarkable, in an time where humans seem to only serve for themselves, the Society has take significant step after step to better humanity”.

Ravideep Kaur Mukta from Dallas Texas shared her story. Ms. Mukta told the gala the sad yet inspiring details of how Akal Academy helped her by providing a free education after she lost her father in early childhood.

Kiran Kaur Saluja president of Akal Academy Surrey updated everyone gathered on the accomplishments of  Akal Academy Surrey and the services it  has been providing to local Sikh Youth for last 7 years. Other guest speakers included Simran Kaur from the USA , Anju Kaur Chawla Florida , Rana Singh Sethi and Navneet Kaur Johal.

Avtar Singh Gill, event organiser, took an opportunity to thank all of the media, sangat and specially the donors for their support in this noble cause.

Khalsa Diwan Society New Westminster presented a citation to Baba Iqbal Singh ji for his lifelong service to the humanity.  Jai Tegh Singh Anant recited the citation.