SPA UK Sandesh 2017 - Page 77

Loughborough Namaste & Jai Shree Krishna As a small branch, we normally hold somewhat limited We would like to thank our members for their loyal support number of events that tend to attract support which are the and hope this would continue in the future. Our special three nights of Navratri and the New Year’s Meet and Greet. thanks to Nilesh Mistry, our youth leader, who has setup a A great hit! At the Navratri festival was the special addition Facebook presence, and to all our Loughborough branch of a professional dholak player to accompany our singers. At team for their hard work. the New Year’s Meet & Greet we were especially delighted to see our visiting sons and daughters and their families. Our best wishes to all our SPA members. SPA (UK) Loughborough Branch Our members enjoyed their day out at the SPA (UK) Mahila Samelan in Leicester, the Seniors Sneh Milan in Birmingham and the Sports Day at Leeds University (taking part in badminton and 5-a-side football). Many members took part in a sponsored walk and other charity events to raise funds for Children in Need and the local Rainbow Hospice. See the special Kilimanjaro challenge featured in the Sandesh in which Champakbhai (our Secretary) was one of the participants. More events are planned to help collect funds in the near future. For a small branch, demographic changes resulting from families moving due to job opportunities and greener pastures, has a big impact on branch operation. However, we continue to stay positive and encourage our members to enhance awareness of our traditions and culture. vol. 42 | Prajapati Sandesh 2017 75