By A Correspondent
Ten years ago, instead of looking for help and assistance, Ms. Mira Raheja founded a ‘home’ for herself and other seniors in Hornsby in Sydney. The body thus formed was named as Indian Seniors Group — Hornsby. She was rightly asked to cut the ribbon and offer the pooja for the mini-bus and cut the cake, the association had purchased, in the presence of Consul General of India in Sydney Mr B. Vanlalvawna.
Mira,now 90 has been a teacher and a much awarded social worker in India and Australia. She worked in refugee camps post-partition in India and was elected as member of Nilokheri Local Government and District Convenor of Lions Club of Faridabad. Mira believes that any work done with sincerity, love, honesty and unity will always succeed.
The tenth anniversary of the association was a lively and gala occasion with food (courtesy Maya) lots of speeches and numerous dances by young budding artists. Interestingly, the Consul General is a keen follower of dance and poetry. He enjoyed the dances by young artists and an energetic Marathi folk dance that drew a thunderous applause.
Also present at the ten year celebration were: Present President, ISG- Hornsby, Mr. Dave Passi, UIA President, Mr. John Kennedy, Hornsby Deputy Mayor Mr. Gurdeep Singh, Local Epping MP, Mr. Damien Tudehope and Mr. Baljinder Duggal of Aus-Indian Aged Care Support Holistic Association (AASHA).
Mira applauded work done by Mr. Passi and Archana for ably managing the accounts of the group. Mr. Passi narrated an anecdote that the group had to compile a souvenir and somebody was asked to do the job but he wanted to charge a fee of $ 5,000 and another came down to $ 1500. The job was finally done by someone by working three nights continuously and free of charge and that was none other than Mr. Passi himself an IT expert. The souvenir was released by Mr. Vanlalvawna at the function. He applauded the work done by the group and assured the group of any help it needed.
Let’s not forget the behind the scenes jobs done by volunteers, the unsung heroes who tirelessly put their time to put up this memorable evening. Notable among them include, Mrs. Sharda Sharma, whose grand daughter mesmerised the audience with a Bollywood song performance and is also the Vice-President of the ISG, Mrs. Lalitha Vishwanathan, a Retired Principal from Mumbai and is Secretary of ISG. Reba S Cocker, Treasurer and a Tutor and a volunteer. Another name of Sydney’s popular singer, Mr. Vinod Rajput needs a special mention for enthralling the audience with old Bollywood melodies