Artwork drawn by Elizabeth Speck and coloured by Richard Boyle ~ Adelaide MA Centre. (Click to view large image)
$121,000 raised so far...
Amma’s Australian devotees and friends have collected over $121,000 so far to send to help fund the Tsunami relief effort. These funds have been contributed by individuals and satsang groups from around Australia between the start of January and August 26th.
Funds are still coming in from donations and events organized in the different centres to continue to support the rehabilitation of so many people affected by the disaster. Figures quoted on ABC radio estimated that 250,000 people were killed, and over 1 million lost homes and have been displaced.
The MA Centre Australia would welcome your fundraising ideas to assist those who have suffered from the Tsunami. Please email us at with your ideas.
In Sydney donations have been raised in two major fund raising events, one being the organization of Krisha Das’s tour and the other from a fund raising concert organized by Nisha Nair and supported by the management and staff of the Intercontinental Hotel.
The Intercontinental Hotel provided a beautiful venue and catered for the event and provided generous prizes for a raffle and we were entertained by belly dancers, Indian dancers, a Flamenco dancer as well as two different pop groups.
Since last year, local fund-raising events for Tsunami Relief have been taking place all over Sydney - enjoy some of the photos! View Photos >
Read how Auburn Girls High School collected 75 packages to send to India and the heart-warming letter from one of the students, Amer. Read more>>
In Adelaide donations have been raised by satsang suppers, a car park caper café, car washes, a dvd night and dinner have been part of their ongoing commitment to raise funds as well as a multi cultural concert and dinner.
The concert involved Afghani and Iranian singers and musicians, an Aboriginal dance group, an Egyptian belly dancer, African refugee dancing girls, Indian Bollywood dancers, a jazz pianist, a Sri Lankan singer.
"Bridging the Ocean" Fund raising dinner for Tsunami victims
The recent fund raising dinner for Tsunami victims held on the 11th of June in
was a great success. There was a good turnout (more than 300 people), in spite of the bad weather. It was a special evening with live music performances, raffles and auctions complementing the Indian Vegetarian cuisine. The evening was well appreciated by all!
With Amma’s grace and blessings, we raised $12,573.00 on this night. The City of
kindly provided the venue at no cost. The devotees and well wishers selflessly catered for the evening. Hence, we were able to save on major expenses and contribute $ 11,000 towards building homes for the Tsunami victims.
The evening began with a screening of the recent DVD, demonstrating the Ashram’s Tsunami relief activities. This moved so many participants and also raised interest in meeting Amma.
We would like to thank all the devotees, volunteers & well wishers for their hard work and dedication in making this evening a great success.
The devotees and well wishers selflessly catered for the evening.More Photos >>
Immediate response to Tsunami relief appeal We wish to thank all well wishers who helped raise $ 10,000 through various activities and donations, immediately after the Tsunami. This money was deposited in two lots on the 12th of Jan 05 and on the 4th of March 2005 in order to assist with the immediate needs of the victims.
Our sincere thanks to all the Australian MA Centers, volunteers & well wishers, who helped us to collect, pack & load the container for
This container, which left
on 1st of April, was successfully cleared in
and the Ashram has started distributing items to the affected areas.
We are very grateful to A.S.BARR (Exporters of fresh Australian produce) for their generous contribution of providing and shipping the 20ft container at no charge.
Our gatherings immediately post Tsunami saw our numbers swell into the 30's. In an atmosphere of prayerfullness and deep respect we lit candles honouring those who had gone, those remaining, all traditions and all beings.
These gatherings for peace and healing were deeply moving and uniting. Money was collected in special satsangs and donated to Ammas Tsunami appeal as well as to the Tibetan Gyuto Monks to assist their building program.
Melbourne, along with all Amma’s Satsang groups, has been searching for ways to assist those devastated by the Tsunami.
In response to Shanthy’s caravan to India, we collected and dispatched just over 2 cubic metres of clothing, school books, trauma teddies, medical and other items which we hope will help those who are suffering.
Maheshwari is also planning a magnificent Performance Evening and Dinner on June 18th at the St James Church Fitzroy Community building. Mime, hip-hop, dance performance and a talk by someone who very luckily escaped the Tsunami and then assisted with mop-up operations. All this will be preceded by a scrumptious feast. $12 concession, $15 adults, children free.
Members of the Canberra Satsang Group and their friends were treated to a talk and satsang, hosted by the InSync Institute on 23 February. This was entitled: 'Heard of the Da Vinci Code?' This gave rise to an enjoyable and thought-provoking evening which was rounded off with a delightful supper of home-baked goodies. With the added bonus of knowing the funds raised were going to Amma's Tsunami Rebuilding Appeal, it was a great night!
Canberra satsang members and our local branch of the logistics company Toll Ipec responded to Shanthy's appeal to send clothes and other goods to Perth for shipment to Kerala. People brought boxes which we filled with clothing and other required items, which were then dispatched to Shanthy's place in Perth free of charge by Toll Ipec.
Finally, in April we had a fundraising market stall at one of Canberra's Trash and Treasure markets. This is a yearly event for us and this year we enjoyed record takings, thanks to everyone's hard work and to the good quality and desirability of items donated by devotees (plus a good dose of Amma's grace!).
You can also directly transfer funds into the Amrita Limited account over the internet by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Nitya on 02 9371 6635 to get the account details.Thank you for your contribution!