By – Paul McKenzie.
Over 200 seniors and guests came together in Epping recently, to celebrate ten years of the Indian Seniors Group Hornsby. Such wonderful celebration included the blessing of the new seniors’ bus, the first for a seniors group in Sydney. Present at the senior bus blessing and the ten year celebrations included its founder, Mrs Mira Raheja, Current President Dave Passi, Hornsby Deputy Mayor Gurdeep Singh, Indian Consul General, His Execellency, Mr B. Vanlalvawna, UIA President John Kennedy, local Epping MP Damien Tudehope and AASHA (Aus.-Indian Aged Care Support Holistic Association) Leader Bijinder Dugal.
Formed ten years ago by Mrs Mira Raheja, who migrated to Australia in 1999 with her husband, Mohinder Lal Raheja, from Faridabad. Born in 1926 (now a wonderful age of 90), graduated with Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Child Psychology in the 1940. She went on to found and run two senior secondary schools in Faridabad, India. Besides teaching Mira was also involved in social work in India.
In Australia, Mira continued her community work and was a member of the Hornsby Council Committee Advisory Board and Women Forum of Migration Link. She established the Indian Seniors Group Hornsby in 2006, which has grown from strength to strength, now led in good hands of Dave Passi. Mira has been awarded by the Government of NSW, Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services, United Indian Association, Punjab Association and Teeyan Society Inc. for her senior community work.
Mira is a great believer that any work done with sincerity, honesty, love and unity will always succeed and this is a philosophy she has applied to all her areas of life. Mira Raheja’s speech on the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Indian Seniors Group was delivered in her inimitable and humble manner.
Mira thanked one and all for their contribution in setting up, funding and managing the group’s activities on a regular basis. Specific mention was made of all the youngsters who volunteered to help the Group with their time and talent. She made a special mention of the current President Mr Dave Passi for his leadership and Archana for her continued support in managing the accounts of the Group. She congratulated the Executive Committee on their achievements and particularly in getting a mini-bus for the Group from NSW government. Mira Raheja wished all members of the Group good health and longevity.
Congrats & well done to everyone involved with the Seniors Indian Group Hornsby – a great milestone and hats off to the great seniors, a great asset & contribution to our society & families and a big thank you from the community.