GOPIO Sydney, North West chapter, under its “Caring & Sharing” project once again helped 270 under privileged school children in 7 Primary and Aganvari schools (pre-schools) in Zira villages (Punjab), by providing the children warm clothes, uniforms, shoes, socks, and daris, and chairs etc. for schools on 12 February 2013 as per their need.
The villages covered were Kamal Garh, Jhanda Bagga, Pandori Jattan and Wara Pohwindia. This is a third year in a row, where GOPIO Sydney, North West chapter, had provided such help to under privileged school children of Punjab. Every year Harmohan Singh Walia and Prof. Balkar Singh Kang of GOPIO Sydney, North West chapter, specially travel to Punjab (India) to implement the Caring & Sharing project.
Funds for the project were raised in November 2012 at Sapphire Function Centre, Blacktown under the leadership of Balkar Singh Kang, Ravinder Singh, Aman Singh, Baljit Pelia, Paramjit Multani, Rajvinder Singh, Neeru Singh, and Harmohan Singh Walia.
The Government of India’s Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) complimented the work of GOPIO Sydney, North West chapter. Mr Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs congratulated Harmohan Singh Walia and appreciated the Caring & Sharing project under taken by the GOPIO Sydney North West chapter. In a meeting organised by GOPIO India at Ethopian Embasy’s Cultural Centre in Delhi’s posh Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave, Mr. T.K Manoj Kumar, Joint Secretary of MOIA, welcomed Australian members and praised GOPIO Sydney North West chapter’s philanthropy in helping needy students of Punjab villages. He also complimented GOPIO International’s more than two decades of service to the Diaspora and assured his Ministry’s full cooperation. He praised the informative interaction with GOPIO India and Australia members post Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD) 2013 at Kochi, Kerala in the presence of Amabassador R. Dayakar (IFS), GOPIO International South Asia Coordinator, Kartik Kumar, Deputy Director from India’s apex Chamber of Commerce (FICCI), Munish Gupta, Chairman PIO TV & GOPIO’s International Coordinator to South Africa and K.N. Gupta, GOPIO’s Director Govt. Liaison – GOPIO International.