The first ever Zone 3 Virtual Conference was held on the 5th and 6th of June 2021, with monthly webinars held in the 17 months leading to the conference. This pioneering event demonstrated the theme of “Unity is Divinity, Purity is Enlightenment” with participation from the representing countries of Zone 3 – Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The virtual conference format was initially planned as a contingent for the 2020 Pre-World Conference, which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this contingency virtual platform became the primary conference as the pandemic continues worldwide in 2021. With Swami as our master planner, we were able to immerse the Conference theme from planning till execution, and successfully deliver a virtual conference into the homes of all devotees across the Zone 3 sector as well as devotees around the world. Over a thousand attendees were seen across both Days 1 and 2 of the Conference.
With a spirit of unity and collaboration between all three countries, the organisational and technical team delivered an engaging agenda with six choose your own speaker sessions and presenters from Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. The online capability also allowed for international keynote speakers to present. We were blessed to have Professor Dr. Suresh Govind from Malaysia and Sister Geetha Mohan Ram from the USA imparting their wisdom on the respective conference topics. Both days had a mixture of pre-recorded and live sessions updating the participants on the Sai Activities from our zone. Each day of the conference commenced with Bhajans and concluded with a musical offering composed by Young Adults across Zone 3.
Overall, the Zone 3 Virtual Conference left participants with the same divine buzz and unity experienced in a face-to-face conference. The Zone 3 Virtual Conference team received excellent feedback from both the conference delegates as well as the country presidents. Conference proceedings can be viewed on Sai Australia YouTube