Sikh Nari Manch's First Sponsored Walk
The Sikh Nari Manch organised its First Sponsored Walk on Saturday 27th. November 1999. to place in hospitals and prisons. The aim of the walk was to raise funds to provide the much needed bilingual Sikh Prayer Books (Gutkas) Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem Gutkas for Sikhs in local hospitals and prisons.
Participants gathered from 9am at the Gurdwara Nishkam Sevak Jatha on Soho Road where after the Ardaas, the march began. The ladies did Naam Simran as they walked, and passers-by as well as shopkeepers donated generously to this worthy cause. The next stop was the Baba Deep Singh Gurdwara on Soho Road, where the jatha was welcomed by the committee and offered donations. The Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Smethwick was the third stop where the jatha received a warm welcome from the sangat, refreshment served, and donations given.
The Ramgaria Gurdwara, Graham Street in the city was the next stop where the jatha was welcomed by the Istri Sabah, langar was served, and donations for the fund were given. Next, was the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Akaalgarh, who gave their donations. The final stop was the Guru Ravidass Gurdwara, which the jatha reached by 3pm. Here Bibi Gurdev Kaur did Ardaas to give thanks to Almighty Waheguru for making the walk a great success. She gave thanks to all those who participated and gave their support, including Ragbir Singh of the newspaper Awaze Qaum International, and Neelu Kalsi, a presenter at BBC Asian Network.
Since then every year a sponsored walk is organised to raise funds for local, national and internatinal charitable causes.