MHDS Gives Back To The Community - 16 December 2014
As we approach the festive season, a time of giving and sharing, the Midrand Hindu Dharma
Sabha (MHDS) decided to embark on food hamper distribution. The MHDS went on a
concerted effort to raise funds to distribute food hampers to the less fortunate. It targeted
two communities as beneficiaries namely Olivenhoutbosch in Midrand and Lotus Gardens in
Pretoria. In total 216 food hampers were distributed, 108 on the 29 November 2014 in
Olivenhoutbosch and another 108 hampers in Lotus Gardens, on 16 December 2014, to
commemorate reconciliation day.
The Chairperson, Mr Jay Huluman said: “It is important to serve the community. Hindu
principles of Sanathan Dharma promotes ‘seva’ or service to humankind, which is ultimately
service to God”. He further explained the involvement of the youth in the organisation in
making up the hampers and distribution in the informal settlements and townships. “This
teaches our children values of sharing and giving and also gratitude for what they have”, he
said. MHDS embarks on Community Service Initiatives on a quarterly basis.
The food hampers consisted of staple items like mealie meal, rice, sugar, tea bags, canned
beans, oil, etc.
Saraswathi Gayatri Mantra:
"Om Vakdeviyai cha Vidhmahe
Virinji Pathniyai cha Dheemahe
Thanno Vani Prachodayath"
Meaning: Om, Let me meditate on the goddess of speech,
Oh, wife of Lord Brahma,
give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess Vani illuminate my mind.