Humanitarian Charity launches in UK
08/04/2009

ISSO Seva, the humanitarian sister charity of the International
Swaminarayan Satsang Organisation (ISSO) launched in the UK on
Sunday 19 July 2009, with five simultaneous charity walks across the country.

Online PR News – 04-August-2009 – – ISSO Seva, the humanitarian sister charity of the International
Swaminarayan Satsang Organisation (ISSO) launched in the UK on
Sunday 19 July 2009, with five simultaneous charity walks across the country.

One of the venues was North West London, where a 10k walk took place
between the SKS Swaminarayan Temple, Kenton - Harrow and the Shree
Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden Lane. Sarah Teather, Member of
Parliament for Brent East, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Housing,
and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Guantanamo Bay
kicked off the walk from the SKS Swaminarayan Temple in Kenton along
with holy saints from India, who started the walk in a traditional
way, by breaking coconuts. Said Rajesh Bhudiya, Vice Treasurer of the
charity, "The motto of ISSO Seva is 'Serving Humanity' and Sarah
Teather is at the head of a high power Parliamentary Group dealing
with Human Rights in Guantanamo Bay, hence we felt she would be the
ideal choice for leading our North West London Charity walk from where
she has been elected". The MP has incidently worked for a Cancer
charity in the past (MacMillan Cancer Relief) and ten percent of the
proceeds after expenses will be donated to another cancer charity,
Cancer Research UK.

Just before 10am, the scheduled time for the walk to kick off it
started to rain giving organisers a scare. This was however short
lived as it was bright and sunny within minutes. "We actually consider
it to be lucky if it rains a bit at the start" said one volunteer.
Priya Patel, coordinator of the North London walk said she was happy
with the turnout and mentioned that there was representation from
people of various backgrounds. She has collected in excess of £ 2000
in sponsorships for doing the walk herself. The walk ended at Shree
Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden Lane around 1pm after 2 pit stops en
route, where participants were treated to snacks and drinks. The other
centres where the walk took place were South London (Streatham),
Brighton,Crawley and Leicester.