Kerala Hindu Society’s ‘ONAM Fundraiser’ a massive hit

By Prachi Panchal
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Matthew Guy with President of KHSM

Thousands enjoy gigantic feast “Valla Sadya”

Saturday 1st September 2018: The Kerala Hindu Society of Melbourne (KHSM) organised a grand fundraiser alongside its annual ONAM celebrations, which was held at Springvale Town hall, in the City of Greater Dandenong. And the event was a massive hit with more than 3,500 people turning up to “Stand with Kerala” during the course of day long celebrations.

Kerala recently suffered one of the worst floods in the state’s history. Rebuilding Kerala would require massive efforts. And KHSM executive decided to use its annual ONAM event to raise some funds towards contributing in rebuilding of Kerala.

State Opposition Leader Hon. Matthew Guy joined in to support the Victoria’s Indian Malayalee community in its efforts to contribute towards the rebuilding of Kerala.

Other prominent guests for the event included Mr Andrew Edmonds (Liberal for Oakleigh); Mr Daya Shetty (Kannada Sangh); Former Ministerial Adviser Mr Nitin Gupta; Ms Inga Peulich MLC; Mrs Shilpa Hegde (AFL Ambassador/AIBC); Mr Aravind Putta (Office of the Leader of Opposition); Danseuse Mrs Nithya Remesan (Natya Entertainment/Indian Sun Person of the Year 2017); Mrs Anchal Agarwal (AIFI); Mr Ranz Bose (Don Bella); Mrs Neha Soudagar (AIBC); Mr Prasad Philip (Beyond Vacations); and significant others turned up to support KHSM in its fundraising efforts.

Dancers performing at KHSM’s Onam celebrations

In his speech, Mr Matthew Guy promised to explore the possibility of bringing some kind of traditional “Kerala Boat Races” to Victoria, if he gets elected as Premier in the upcoming Victorian state elections in November 2018.

On behalf of KHSM—President Mr Sreekumar Thankappan gave a formal speech to welcome the dignitaries, while the Vote of Thanks was delivered by Secretary Mr Pradeep Chandra.

The KHSM executive team comprising of President Mr Sreekumar Thankappan, Secretary Mr Pradeep Chandra and various other volunteers did a fabulous job by organising “Valla Sadya”—The Gigantic feast comprising of ‘41 plus dishes and 5 Payasams’, served to thousands of people on the symbolic traditional banana leaf.

Valla Sadya being served on symbolic banana leaf

There were various cultural performances during the course of the daylong event which kept the audiences engaged. But “Valla Sadiya” was clearly the crowd favourite. Overall a great event pulled together by hard working volunteers of KHSM. The classical dance presentation—Mahatmyam was the clearly most cheered dance performance.

The sponsors and supporters for the event included Beyond Vacations (Seaford); Malabar Treats; City of Greater Dandenong; Hidden Valley Resort; The Lending and Investment Hub; Mega Box; My Loanz; Bug Buster Australia Pty Ltd; IDEAL Learning Centre; Tax and Accounting Services Australia; Northern Traders; BK Lawyers and Conveyanncers; Catch Me Store; Grandeur Homes; Radio 3zzz; SBS Malayalam and significant others.

Kerala Hindu Society Melbourne (KHSM) is an incorporated association in Victoria with the objectives of supporting and strengthening the moral and spiritual well-being of its members, bringing closer relationship amongst the members of Hindu community and instilling cultural values in children.

 

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