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Vaisakhi which falls on 14 April this year is the most important date in the Sikh calendar. To commemorate this auspicious day, the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur (IWCKL) carried out some noteworthy projects around the city.
The first was for a frail octogenarian and her daughter, Manjheet Kaur. Both are not in the best of health, besides being financially-strapped. They live in a Council Home, on the fifth floor with no lift facility. Due to a recent fall, Manjheet’s mother now moves around with the aid of a walker. They survive on assistance from welfare societies, which however is mere pittance. IWCKL was happy to be able to contribute towards the purchase of a hospital bed, some food supplies and cash to help them tide over.
IWCKL handed a cheque to the Sikh Welfare Society for 24 needy students for their educational needs. IWCKL member, Ms Balvinder Kaur, who is also the Vice-President of the Society, helped in selecting the pupils and also hosted them to lunch at a nearby Club.
The next project was a contribution to the Independent Living and Training Centre in Rawang. The residents here have special needs. This Centre is admirably run by Ms Rina, who is responsible for setting up this Centre, and who is physically-challenged as well.
A helping hand was also extended to the Punjabi School, Pulapol, a Police Training Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The Club hopes that the cash donation can be used to purchase learning materials for the 58 students there.
Mr Balbeer Singh, an elderly resident from Puchong, was also given a little cash assistance to conduct prayers for his recently deceased wife. The money was initially meant for her medical expenses, but unfortunately, it was not to be.
Finally, what is a festive season without some form of celebration? On 31 March 2022, the Sikh members of IWCKL hosted a luncheon at a beautiful North Indian Restaurant in the city. Most came garbed in traditional costumes, many in salwar suits and all ready to have a swinging gala time. From the scrumptious array of dishes to the fun and gaiety of the afternoon, all agreed it was a lovely Vaisakhi lunch.
Heartfelt thanks to the project coordinator, Ms Balvinder and her team of enterprising ladies who worked hard to make a difference in the lives of others.
Happy Vaisakhi to all who are celebrating!.