By: Sri Om Community.
Sydney has a large Hindu population and there are about 30 Hindu temples, spiritual centers and senior citizen service centers to cater for their religious, spiritual and social needs. Sri Om community in Sydney had purchased land and installed their deities with regular worship by the community.
Sri Om temple Brindaban and Seniors center, where regular services were held before bush fires razed it to the ground
Recent bush fires in Australia have burned down about 2,000 homes and millions of hectares of bush land. A Hindu temple is one of these buildings that has been completely burned down. The small town of Clarence where this temple is situated has been mostly destroyed.
On Saturday, 21st December 2019, the Sri Om community were provided the tragic news that one of their activity centre, 184 Kerma Crescent, Clarence (near Lithgow), the main premise had been completely destroyed in the Mt. Gospers monster fire that has currently burned through over 500,000 Hectares of land. Fortunately, none of the members or the public were in the vicinity of the fires during the course of the tragic events.
The gutted building of Sri Om center. Raining embers picked by furious winds gutted the building in no time.
Donations to rebuild the premises can be made securely at:
(All donations over $2 are tax deductible)
or EFT (electronic finds transfer) made to Sri Om Foundation, BSB: 124 001, Account Number: 21817712
With limited insurance on the property, the community seeks support to bring it back up to serve the needy.
The premise had actively been used by Sri Om Foundation and its sister organisation, Sri Om Adi Sakthi Ashram, over the last 3 years. Various programs and services were on offer at the center including
- annadhanam (serving of food to the community, especially those less fortunate);
- spiritual retreat, yoga and meditation
- care for the elderly, including education, development, and recreational activities
- care for local wildlife
- provide shelter, food and education to communities in need.
Sri Om center, engulfed in flames
Future plans for the center had been also discussed with various community groups, local, state and federal government to better equip the premise with facilities for our people. This new is obviously a big set back to the organisation, however, we believe we can rebuild with the help from our community.
We are seeking to raise $500,000 from the publicto help meet our goals. We request all to donate for the cause and spread the news amongst your family and friends to raise awareness of this tragedy.
With the help of Volkswagen Australia, donations made through the following secure portal, will be doubled by them for this cause.
Donations can be made securely at:https://bit.ly/sriom-bushfire-appeal (All donations over $2 are tax deductible)
or EFT made to Sri Om Foundation, BSB: 124 001, Account Number: 21817712
If you wish to fundraise on behalf of Sri Om, use the following link: http://bit.ly/sriom-raise