Khalsa Aid ‘drowned with love’ in Australia, gets warm reception in Malaysia

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| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 16 Aug 2016 | Asia Samachar |

Khalsa Aid Founder/CEO Ravi Singh holding the a mock-cheque with CMSO's Bagh Singh in a group photo with representatives from other Sikh organisations - PHOTO / SUPPLIED
Khalsa Aid Founder/CEO Ravi Singh holding the a mock-cheque with CMSO’s Bagh Singh in a group photo with representatives from other Sikh organisations – PHOTO / SUPPLIED

Khalsa Aid founder Ravinder Singh and his wife Bal Kaur Sandhu received a massive outpouring of love from the Sikh Sanggat of Australia and Malaysia in what could be their first non-mission trip abroad.

The couple, that have been running the Sikh humanitarian relief aid agency since 1999, were honoured at a gathering at Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya yesterday (15 Aug 2016), after finishing a one-week visit to Australia.

At the event, the Coalition of Malaysian Sikh Organisations (CMSO) presented a cheque of RM13,660 and on the spot contributions from Sanggat amounted to RM3,263 to the Khalsa Aid founder/CEO.

The couple were honoured with sirapaos from the coalition and Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM), Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) and Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya.

In Australia, the couple visited Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne and attended fund raising sessions that raised some A$160,000.

“We were drowned with love. The fund raising was all planned by the local Sikhs,” he tells Asia Samachar when met before beginning his Malaysia leg of the tour.

“We should do more trips like this…but we usually don’t have the time because we are always on missions.”

The CMSO represents eight national organisations: Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM), Sikh Women’s Awareness Network (SWAN), Sikh Welfare Society Malaysia (SWSM), Malaysian Sikh Union (MSU), Malaysian Sikh Education Aid Fund (MSEAF), Sant Sohan Singh Ji Melaka Memorial Society Malaysia, Guru Kalgidhar Diwan Malaysia and Guru Nanak Guru Gobind Singh Foundation.

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Khalsa Aid founder Ravi Singh and his wife (right) at a dinner hosted by CMSO Secretary General Autar Singh and some friends - PHOTO / SUPPLIED
Khalsa Aid founder Ravi Singh and his wife (right) at a dinner hosted by CMSO Secretary General Autar Singh and some friends – PHOTO / SUPPLIED

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