For all they have achieved and for all they have taught us, Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust gives seniors a heartfelt salute.
Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust, at its fortnightly meeting on September 24, celebrated the International Day of Older Persons reflecting on the contributions of seniors in New Zealand.
The event started with ritual prayers, followed by birthday celebrations, a workout session by Ella ji, and 51st wedding anniversary celebrations of Sangat Singh ji and Satnam Kaur ji.
Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust’s founders Jeet Suchdev ji and Roopa Suchdev ji welcomed the guests.
Honorary Consul of India in Auckland Bhav Dhillon ji addressed the gathering. He told seniors that their presence at Bhartiya Samaj’s meetings helped them live longer as the meetings ensure overall wellbeing of older people.
“Such days (the International Day of Older Persons) are of great importance to highlight the contribution and issues faced by them in our country. As the population of people over 65 is going to hit 1 million mark very soon, they are part of a very important segment in the country.”
Jessica Phuang from New Zealand Police appreciated Bhartiya Samaj for continuously working with older people.
“I came to know brother Jeet because we once spoke about elder abuse. Since then, my heart goes out to him as he works for senior citizens. It is a day we need to acknowledge our contribution in New Zealand.”
Members sang along singer duo Hemant ji and Shweta ji. Their performance was followed Neha Dalal ji’s captivating dance performance combining Bharatnatyam and Dandiya (two Indian dance forms). Dance performance by 14-year-old Radhika also delighted audience.
Bhartiya Samaj’s executive members Ghouse Majeed ji, Jaspreet Singh Kandhari ji, Rani Nalam ji, and Rushikesh Ahinave ji also graced the event with their presence.
Ghazal performances by members were highly appreciated by the audience.
The event concluded with a round of delectable refreshments, offering an opportunity to seniors to spend the quality time with their friends.
The United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons in the world.