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Collecting Funds for Children in Need
Tuesday 13 November & Wednesday 14 November 2012

Children from BAPS Charities collected funds for the BBC’s Children in Need campaign during the Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Tuesday 13 November and Wednesday 14 November 2012. 

Children in Need is the BBC’s national charity and has raised over £600 million to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. The 2012 appeal will take place on 16 November. 

Young volunteers, aged between 5 and 14 years of age, met devotees, guests and local residents during the two-day festivities where tens of thousands of people visited the Mandir to enjoy the colours and sounds of Diwali and the Hindu New Year. 

The enthusiastic children spoke of the various children’s activities held at the Mandir and encouraged visitors to donate generously. Charity is a key theme for Hindus during this festive period. 

One of the young volunteers, Avish Patel, aged 13, said, “Every year I watch the Children in Need programme and feel sad for children who are suffering. It makes me feel good to do something to help another child like me.” 

The BAPS Children’s Forum plays an active role in various initiatives organised by BAPS Charities. Equally, children’s welfare has been a recurring focus of BAPS Charities’ events over the years, most notably in 2010 when it’s Annual Challenge raised £25,000 for Barnardo’s, the country’s leading charity working for children. 

To learn more about the BBC Children in Need campaign, please click here

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