Launch of SEVA Trust UK and Republic Day celebrations bring Indian colours to Bedford….reports Asian Lite News
Fauja Singh 105 years old record breaking marathon runner was the guest of honour at the launch of a new charity; Social Education Voluntary Association (SEVA) Trust UK. Colourful celebrations, Indian music, Bhangra dance and food spiced up the event that included Indian Republic Day, festival of Lohri and community cohesion celebrations.
Counsellor DP Singh from the Indian High Commission, Baroness Barbara Young, Kempston Mayor Cllr Carl Meader, Chief Fire Officer for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Paul Fuller CBE, Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Lay of Bedfordshire Police, Cllr Colleen Atkins MBE, Buddev Pandye MBE, Dr Sateesh Krishnamurty from Open University & Secretary of Indian Chamber of Youth Entrepreneur, Bedford Asian Business Association Chairman Jas Parmar and Bedfordshire’s leading diverse charity reps, faith and community leaders attended the event.
Counsellor DP Singh, Baroness Young and Cllr Carl Meader highlighted the significance of India’s diversity, growing economy and the contributions around the world. Cllr Charan Sekhon, the founder and chair of SEVA Trust UK outlined the ongoing and future charity projects that include Education, Environment, and Health & Wellbeing relating work helping the Black & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in England and underprivileged communities in India.
On behalf of Bedford communities Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller presented a special Award to Fauja Singh for his extraordinary achievements and his national and international charity work.
Baroness Young presented an award to the National Indian Students Union UK (NISU UK) for their contributions and help for Indian students and their positive role in strengthening Indo-UK educations relations.
The event was held at Bedford Sher-e-Punjab lounge, organised by Cllr Charan Sekhon and S&D Sher-e-Punjab group.