Sathya Sai Baba Centre, Ipoh presented uniforms and shoes to needy students from ten Tamil schools and two welfare homes for children. Representatives from the schools and homes received them on behalf of the students.
During the short ceremony, B.P. Prithviraj, Chairman of the Centre, said that for the past 20 years they have been doing this without fail. In addition, they also give monthly provisions to poor families, visit homes for the aged, provide breakfast for poor school children and pay their bus fares and provide free tuition.
Their activities are in line with the teaching of their Guru, Sathya Sai Baba, “Love All, Serve All” and “Help Ever, Hurt Never”. The event was made possible through funds raised from the sale of vegetarian food during the Thaipusam festival and donations from members and the public.
The Shirdi Sai Baba Society’s centre at Jalan Sultan Iskandar provides free meals to about 150 devotees and visitors daily. On Saturdays the number is usually doubled. The centre is the performing of annadhanam or offering.
The centre’s co-ordinator S. Ramesh said they provide breakfast, lunch or dinner to anyone who walks in.
Lunch and dinner consists of rice, two vegetables and dhal curry, and breakfast is pongal, a form of sweet rice; devotees also bring home-made cookies. Food is served after poosai or prayer. The centre employs full-time cooks to prepare the food.
The scheme was started by S.P. Kannan, Chairman of the Society, about 6 months ago. This is a self-supporting scheme and the devotees and well-wishers donate all the items required. Individuals also sponsor meals, known as ubayam to celebrate wedding anniversaries, birthdays and other auspicious days. A notice board is placed in the hall to indicate the items urgently required.