BAPS Charities Presents £25,000 Cheque to Barnardo’s
BAPS Charities, UK presented a cheque for £25,000 to Barnardo’s at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Saturday 31 July 2010.
Mr Geoffrey Barnett, OBE (Chair of Council) and Mr Errol John (Head of Operations – London and East of England) were on hand to receive the cheque on behalf of Barnardo’s – one of the UK’s leading children’s charities.
The money had been raised over two Sundays in April when over 3,500 people at 15 BAPS centres around the UK took the BAPS Charities 10k Challenge. The participants had walked, jogged or ran 10 kilometres to raise funds for children and various other worthy causes.
In his address during the special cheque presentation ceremony at the Mandir, Mr Barnett expressed his gratitude for “the wonderful generosity and support” of BAPS Charities and remarked how he was “full of inspiring impressions of so much that happens here.” In particular, he noted how much both Barnardo’s and BAPS owe to their dedicated volunteer force, and that “we share a common vision; we believe in children.”
Mr Barnett went on to explain that the money raised by BAPS Charities would go towards helping support children with severe learning and educational difficulties. He said: “What you have done for us this year, through the 10k Challenge, is to enable us in this next 12 months to support and work with 139 disabled children that we would not otherwise been able to help, and I am really grateful to you all.”
Kamlesh Patel, lead volunteer for BAPS Charities, remarked: “It’s so gratifying and humbling to know that we have been able to help so many needy children who can go on to lead fuller, more meaningful lives.”
For a full report and photos of the BAPS Charities 10k Challenge, please click here.
To lean more about Barnardo’s work for disadvantaged children, visit their website here.
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