Lifestyle

One Billion Rising, one woman at a time

More than 750 residents of 15 regional women’s shelters have received gifts from Sikh volunteers. -
More than 750 residents of 15 regional women’s shelters have received gifts from Sikh volunteers.
— image credit:

On Feb. 14, the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO), along with Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen (GNFK) and several gurdwaras united to join One Billion Rising by providing treats to the residents of 15 women’s shelters in the Lower Mainland.

More than 750 residents in Abbotsford, Surrey, New Westminster and Vancouver were provided with chocolates and flowers along with items such as baked goods and cards.

One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.

Many local gurdwaras participated in the initiative and served as drop-off locations in addition to providing desserts prepared in the langar or free community kitchen.

Participating gurdwaras included Gurdwara Sahib Brookside, Gurdwara Sahib Kalgidhar Darbar, Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar, Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, Khalsa Diwan Society Abbotsford, Gurdwara Nanak Niwas and Sri Guru Singh Sabha Surrey.

In a touching gesture, Ms. Mangat’s kindergarten class at Guru Angad Dev Elementary School in Newton prepared Valentine’s cards for each shelter (above).

“GNFK is dedicated to enriching people’s lives through regular, sustained, and meaningful volunteer service,” said GNFK Council Member and volunteer Roveen Kandola.

“Our work is based on the basic humanitarian principles of sharing, inclusiveness, community, and public service. We are thankful to WSO for providing this opportunity to us.”

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

North Delta skater sees world with Disney
 
Plenty of Party for the Planet pix
 
Surrey hosting 2-day Party for the Planet
Volunteer fair for youth in Surrey
 
Game on for Frank Hurt Secondary students
 
Surrey high school choirs wow in Austria
Abbotsford Heat Host Aldergrove Hockey Families
 
Natasha Woods: Aldergrove Secondary’s Valedictorian
 
In a Lather for Women’s Hospital

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 16 edition online now. Browse the archives.