Yuvak Mandal is a grassroots team, of the youth of the Mandir mobilising together for great causes and seva.
Should a major world disaster occur, wherever, and whenever on the globe, Yuvak Mandal aims to, where possible, help out where it can.
Over the years, our Yuvak Mandal have worked hand-in-hand with Mandir volunteers, local, and national governments to raise funds as part of various appeals. Below is a brief showcase of the events we have run:
Bhuj Indian Earthquake Appeal 2001
Volunteers of community worked tireless days and nights for a natural disaster affecting many of our nearest and dearest from the villages of our origins in India.
Volunteer initiatives included:
- A sponsor-funded shipping container to send items of clothing and sanitation to those affected
- Fund collection appeals around the shopping centres of East London
- Live instrumental band performance on Leicester Square
- A strong effort to donate whatever we could as a united community
All in all, we raised a staggering total of £120,000
Sri Lanka Tsunami Appeal 2004
After the enormous effort made for the previous Bhuj Eartquake appeal, we as a community became aware of the feats we could achieve to help those suffering around the world after natural disasters.
The people on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka and India were devastated by a Tsunami on Boxing Day morning.
Various sister Temples of the UK decided to work together to organise a sponsored 5 mile walk to raise funds for this cause. Hundreds of members of these communities walked from Harrow Temple to Willesden Temple, raising thousands for our cause.
Haiti Earthquake Appeal Car Wash 2010
Haiti suffered a earthquake of 7.0 on the Richter scale, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties. SKS Swaminarayan Temple East London organised dozens of hands to wash well over a hundred cars, collecting £1366 in donations for the people of Haiti.
Xmas Funday 2013 – Philippines Earthquake Appeal
Having suffered an earthquake in October that year, Yuvak Mandal decided that the annual Xmas Funday that year should be held in support of the people of the Philippines.
The Christmas day event of fun and games for children and adults of all ages was a great success as it is every year. However, everyone taking part in this years event and the raffle competition had the great satisfaction of knowing they’d worked together to raise a monumental £3000, with the support of Santander UK who agreed to match every pound we raised.
Xmas Funday 2014 – Ebola Appeal
The Ebola outbreak was very well covered on the news media for many months of 2015. It had been made clear to the people of the world that the outbreak was furthering due to the lack of equipment and support available to the people of Africa in the affected areas.
The Xmas Funday of 2014 was dedicated to the DEC Ebola appeal. The people of East London dug deep to the tune of £1308.
Nepal Earthquake Car Wash Appeal 2015
Nepal was hit by large earthquakes twice just one month apart – causing large scale devastation to those who had just recovered from the first and many deaths.
East London Temple worked to plan and organise a car wash in a short period of time, utilising the power of social media to call our community to action in the short space of just 1 week.
In a similar manner to 2010, the people of our community braved the damp weather to wash over a hundred cars, raising over £1650 in what was a great whole-hearted effort from the community in such a short space of time.
Buckets, set. Sponges, wet. Dedicated volunteers, you bet! Join us today for our Nepal charity car wash at Shaftesbury Road car park!
— East London Temple (@ELTemple) May 31, 2015
Xmas Funday 2015 – Sue’s House
This years Xmas Funday was dedicated to a cause a bit more closer to home. Sue’s House in Ilford, London, also known as Ilford Cancer and Holistic Help Centre, is a cancer support group that provides a safety-net of mutual self-help and practical and emotional support for those involved in cancer experience. Not only was awareness of such an incredible place raised, so was a grand total of £1,591 to help Sue’s House continue providing this free service.
East London Charity Bike Ride 2016 – Haven House Childrens Hospice
As part of our Year of Seva, East London mandir invited everyone aged 14 and above to participate in a bike ride from East London mandir to Stanmore, Kenton and Willesden mandirs, a distance of approximately 30 miles.
The charity event took place on Sunday 24th July and all proceeds went go to Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford which provides care and support for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Our riders raised a staggering £8524.
Xmas Funday 2016 – AAWC & URJA Trust
Raffle tickets were sold as usual, and this time we chose to support a cause a lot of men and women from our community were supporting through their 350km bike ride in Gujarat. Their chosen charities were AAWC and URJA Trust who work with homeless and trafficked women in the red light district of Mumbai. Together we raised £1000, and cheered on the cyclists who braved 3 days in the Indian heat for a truly amazing cause.