SEWA Australia is a registered not-for-profit voluntary charity organisation committed to serving humanity under its guiding principle “Vasudaiva kutumbakam” (The world is one big family).
SEWA has been quite active in Australia through its various charitable programs such as ‘Crack your first job’, blood donation drives, tree plantations, cleanup Australia sessions, family support services and senior services.
On 14 July, SEWA held its fund-raising cultural show in Roselea Community Centre, Sydney. The function was well-attended with local MP Dr. Geoff Lee, Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson and NSW Multicultural Chairperson Dr Harry Harinath participating in the evening’s proceedings.
The program kicked off with the lighting of the lamp ceremony by Ambika Prasad and Uma Rajesh, followed by an energetic display of traditional drums from the Kerala artists team.
The evening went well with popular Bollywood songs belted out by local singers, Pushpa Jagadish, Vikas Kolar and others from the AKS music group. The stage was a riot of colours when the classical and folk dance performers took over and enthralled the spectators with glimpses of India.
Mili Dakshin created a portrait live on stage, under seven minutes, which was auctioned for $500 towards the fund-raising effort. SEWA took the opportunity to recognise the services of volunteers such as Paul McGurk, Barbara Hamilton, Ambika Prasad, Uma Rajesh and others and honoured them with mementos.