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Voluntary Groups Honoured as Sewa Pioneers Award Winners 2013
Date:3/21/2013

udges cited this as an “exemplary” Sewa Day project that required diverse skills and detailed planning. They particularly liked the fact Exemplaris had a mixed group of young volunteers from a small community and made an impact within a select area via the Gurdwara and the wider community by delivering langar and charity clothing in the neighbourhood and beyond.

Food for Life – for encouraging 70 volunteers in Hong Kong to come together to cook and feed 1,000 underprivileged people.

Hong Kong has the highest income disparity ratio in Asia, with primarily elderly people having very little money given the very high living costs, which limits their access to good fresh food. 70 volunteers mainly from Deutsche Bank washed, chopped, cooked, packaged, and delivered food to over 1,000 underprivileged elderly people spread across three locations in Hong Kong. The vegetarian meals included a wholesome mixed vegetable curry, rice, and boiled greens. The project was sponsored by Dixit Joshi, Deutsche Bank Head of Asia Equities and also saw volunteers come from Ernst & Young LLP and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Judges commended Food for Life, “this is an outstanding Sewa Day project that clearly demonstrates the cohesive effect of a group of work colleagues doing sewa. What makes it outstanding is that it takes the concept of ‘sewa’ to the Hong Kong Chinese community whilst also calling on the resources of local companies. Although the food was sponsored by Deutsche Bank, it is volunteering that made a huge impact (1000 people benefited). The Food for Life project is a shining example of a Corporate Sewa Day project that we hope others may be able to emulate in the coming years.”

Om Unity Group – for involving 107 volunteers in making the Keech Hospice, in Luton, a more brighter, cleaner, and harmonious environment for its residents.

This is the third year that Sewa Day volunteers have helped the Keech Hospice in Luton bring a little j
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