Clean Up Australia Day -2019

The Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG is a regular contributor to the Clean Up Australia Campaign. The objectives of the campaign sit well with the philosophies of the organisation of community selfless service and a responsibility for our environment based on gratitude for all the benefits nature and society bestows on us. This year the campaign was on Sunday, 4 March 2019.

Victoria Region East

The Clean Up Australia Day was held at two venues in the Region Easton Sunday, 3 March 2019. First venue was Greaves Reserve in Dandenong which was attended by SSE children, parents and their teachers along with some young-adults and adults. The children as always were enthusiastic about taking part in the Clean Up day as they got to be outdoors in the park and helped to do Service to the Community. The children received certificates in appreciation to their contribution to the environment and collecting a lot of rubbish that would otherwise end up in the Creek bed and block waterways. The second venue was Gardiners Creek Trail at Boxhill South. The participation here included young adults and adults. Once again,all participants provided Service to our Community and the environment. All work has been acknowledged by their local council and is part of Community Engagement activity.

Sathya Sai Centre of Carlingford – NSW

On March 03-2019, the Carlingford Sai centre members gathered in Boronia Park Epping, NSW at 9 a.m. to clean the park and surrounding area for Clean Up Australia Day.

We had 26 Sai members participate in this activity joined by 3 non-Sai members.

More than half of the members were SSE children who were divided into groups to cover the area. After the registration and brief introduction, they were all ready with non-recyclable and recyclables bags to do the job.

The PreSSE-Gr2 were unstoppable, with so much energy and enthusiasm.  They found bottles, paper and plastic bags, many glass pieces, rubber lids and bands, plastic wrappers and many other kinds of garbage.  They also found a cap (which was quite new), and as a group we decided to leave it behind on the tree.  When the time was up to stop the activity, unanimously the kids were very sad to not being able to continue.

The adults specialised to clean the area around the Coles car park (which was adjacent to the Boronia Park).  Talking to the volunteers who were part of this group, I hear they too had a lot to clean.  It was sad to see most of the items were recyclable.

At end of the day, kids received their certificate of appreciation, from Clean Up Australia.

Following up with the clean up activity, kids also got the opportunity to play games and have picnic lunch with parents and young adults.

As Swami says “Nature is not anyone’s private property, it belongs to God” (SSS Vol22, Ch 17). We realised how lucky we are to have pure water and air around us and appreciate our mother nature. Therefore, it is our duty to do the right thing and preserve our nature for the future.

Thank you, Swami, for giving us this day to work together as one family and be part of Clean Up Australia Day.

ACT Region

On Sunday 3 March 2018, the Sai followers in the ACT region got together at Edison Park in Woden to take part in the nation-wide initiative, Clean Up Australia Day. The objective of Clean Up Australia Day is to help protect and care for the environment by empowering communities to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment. The Clean Up Australia Organisation aims to foster relationships between communities, businesses and the government to address environmental issues of waste, water and climate change.

The Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia and PNG gives importance to environmental care. Sathya Sai Baba in His Divine Discourse on 22 August 2007 has said “Not only in the field of education, but changes have now crept in the area of health. Earlier, people used pitchers, plates, and pots made of clay by local artisans. After some time, stainless steel utensils replaced the clay utensils. But now plastic pitchers, plates, and pots have come into vogue. These plastic articles have exposed man to great dangers. The plastic bags and other articles have created enormous waste material which is not biodegradable. Even if you bury it underground, it does not decompose and remains as it is even after many years. Much land is being spoiled by this plastic waste. Vegetables grown in such land are harmful to man. In this way, many harmful changes have crept in the life of man today”.

Clean Up Australia Day was a great way for the all Sai followers in the ACT Region  including Sai Spiritual Education (SSE ) students and Young Adults to come together to help clean up the local area. On the day, the participants were provided with one bag for general rubbish and another bag for recyclable rubbish. The participants spent the morning walking through Edison Park and allocating rubbish into the respective bags.  It was amazing to see about 41 attendees come together for this cause especially given the importance that Swami has placed on the connection between God, Nature and Man and the need for us to practice Human Values and ‘Ceiling on Desires’, for the purpose of taking care of our environment and for our own spiritual upliftment.

Sathya Sai Centre of Blacktown – NSW

Sathya Sai Centre of Bonnyrigg- NSW

Sathya Sai Centre of Hoxton Park- NSW

Sathya Sai Centre of Westmead – NSW

Victoria Region West