On Sewa Day WE organised several food collections which were then delivered to The Trussell Trust for distribution via its network.
Women Empowered, or WE as it prefers to be called, is a wholly social initiative which aims to empower women (and men) to make the best of their individual skills and talents and help them to achieve whatever personal and professional goals. It has launched a new charitable arm, You, Me & WE.
The initiative headed up by Kajal Patel organised collections at VB & Sons in three locations, Greenford, Wembley and North Harrow on 5th October 2014. The bulk of the donations were for The Trussell Trust with some bulky food stuffs being donated to the Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha, Park Lane, Southall . Volunteers of all ages from the Women Empowered community took part in the collections and at the end of the day had over 50 boxes for donation.
The first collection ran during Navratri (25th Sept – 3 Oct 2014) at the Sattvis Patidar Centre in Wembley, followed by a collection outside Nagrecha Bros store in Leyton Road, East London, culminating with a day long collection on 5th October 2014 outside VB & Sons stores in North Harrow, Greenford and Wembley.
Kajal Patel explained “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the shoppers here today. What we have collected has exceeded our expectations. We have gained vast interest from people over the course of the You, Me & WE projects with many people signing up to get involved in future initiatives”.
Food Collections were also taken at the Sattavis Patidar Centre and members of the WE Community visited the residents at the Seva Home in Harrow. “The residents were visibly pleased to see us on the day and we entertained them with a little Garba in which they happily took part, some even dressed up especially for the occasion”. The final project was cake baking and decorating for the Haven Support Centre. Little hands decorated little cakes to bring a little joy.
Reena Ranger, Founder and Chairman of Women Empowered, went on to add “I am utterly delighted and filled with pride as to what has flourished from Women Empowered. We now have varied charitable projects under the You, Me and WE banner arranged throughout the year for the WE Community to involve themselves in. It is true, together we can and are making a change!”