Social activist, Harjinder Singh Kukreja co-ordinated distribution on behalf of IGBC in Ludhiana
With tears in our eyes for those who passed away due to Covid19, prayers for those who are convalescing in homes and hospitals and hope that others do not get inflicted with the various dangerous variants of Coronavirus and gearing up to face the challenges, three pioneering bodies doing selfless service to humanity humbly accepted the contribution of Oxygen Concentrators from the Indian Global Business Council of New Zealand at a sober function held in Ludhiana.
Leaders of the Indian Business Global Council -former New Zealand Member Parliament Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Chairperson of the India Global Business Council of NZ -Ranjay Sikka are engaged in dispatching 100 Oxygen Concentrators to various parts of India through local organisations in Sambalpur in Orissa, Lucknow and Varanasi in UP, Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, Amritsar, Dharamkot, Ludhiana in Punjab and Gurgaon in Haryana.
Former NZ Member of Parliament, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, in his statement to the media, said, “We have sensed a dire need to build infrastructure to meet the disaster caused by the Covid19 pandemic and we want to strengthen organisations engaged in serving humanity by making our humble contribution of such equipment as concentrators.”
Ranjay Sikka, Chairperson IGBC said, “We hope that this will enable us to save precious lives.”
At the solemn occasion at a local restaurant, representatives of Khalsa Aid, Hemkunt Foundation and A Little Happiness Foundation received 5 Oxygen Concentrators each at the hands of the representative of the India Business Council for this project, Harjinder Singh Kukreja.
Harjinder Singh Kukreja has been at the forefront of providing massive aid in the first phase of the pandemic and during the second phase is building social media interactive platforms for the exchange of vital information leading to enabling individuals and organisations to assist ailing patients and their families to arrange tools, medicines, blood, Oxygen cylinders, concentrators, et al over the past few weeks.
Speaking on the occasion, Kukreja said, “The diaspora has amazed us yet again. I am happy to coordinate this distribution for IGBC and thank them in particular for their concern about preparing for the future.”
“A Little Happiness Foundation has been working for the education, empowerment and welfare of the poorest of poor -Sikligars -traditional craftsmen, whose work is a dying profession in modern times. We will endeavour to make these concentrators available to the underprivileged sections of our society,” said Jagmohan Singh of A Little Happiness Foundation.
Khalsa Aid India head Amarpreet Singh, thanking the IGBC of NZ while receiving the concentrators said, “The enormity of the pandemic has to be met with preparations on a gigantic scale and the involvement of the community at all levels from everywhere will go a long way in saving lives.”
Ishaan Singh and Paramjot Kaur, speaking on behalf of Hemkunt Foundation said, “Following the creed of our Gurus, we have to work hard to emulate the spirit of Bhai Ghanaiya Ji. We have seen in the recent past in various parts of India, especially Delhi, that these concentrators have been life-givers.”
The meeting concluded with an Ardas for the use of oxygen concentrators for patients leading to their recovery and good health and a prayer of hope that humankind is relieved of the misery caused by Covid19.