Western Metropolitan Region Community Events | Members Statement

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan): I had the pleasure of attending events organised by several community organisations over the past few weeks. Of these, some prominent ones were the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha (BAPS) women’s wing event and the 25th anniversary celebration of the Singh Sabha Sports Club. The BAPS event was a very well organised event ‘by the women and for the women’—the cultural monthly assembly of the women’s wing at the BAPS temple in Mill Park. It was a qualitative effort in the direction of women’s empowerment, using the medium of cultural learning and raising awareness through spiritual knowledge and activities to address social issues in society. By empowering women, we can improve the quality of society. This is practised regularly by the young women of this group, and the message was very well articulated in their cultural performance. It was amazing to meet such an active and enthusiastic group of women who are rendering this service with dedication within the community. On another note, I also had the pleasure of attending a barbecue organised by the Singh Sabha Sports Club on the occasion of their 25th anniversary on 15 June. The Singh Sabha Sports Club is one of the biggest not-for-profit sporting organisations in Melbourne, founded in 1994. The gathering was attended by many prominent members of the Indian community, including the Sikh community. It was a wonderful opportunity to unite the community through sports and build strong bonds of friendship. I look forward to attending many such community gatherings and continuing to make strong connections with our community.