GOPIO- Press Releases

GOPIO Sydney North West chapter held their 3rd Caring & Sharing 2012 annual event at Sapphire  Function Centre, Blacktown. Over 300 people attended the event. Honourable Arun  Kumar Goel, Consulate General of India, Sydney was the chief guest at the  event.

Over $3500 were raised in  this event and will be donated to the under privileged school children in  Punjab (India) to provide them with warm clothes, uniforms, shoes, socks,  ceiling fans in class rooms and other basic amenities as per the requirements  of the school. This year, Caring & Sharing Dinner & Dance 2012 event  not only raised funds for kids in India, but also gave donation of a $1000  cheque to a local Senior Citizen Social Group called RAINS towards the cost of  paving the backyard at their Community Centre in Pennant Hills.
A kid’s heart is as pure as  God, unfortunately a large numbers of kids  in the world are not nurtured and educated the way they should be. That’s one  of the reasons why poverty and falsehood are becoming a major problem for us on  this planet. Events like Caring & Sharing are result of spirit; we all  carry to care those in need of love and support. It’s not how efficient GOPIO  Sydney North West chapter is in raising funds or generating any profit; it’s  all about how effective we are in igniting a candle of compassion in each and  every heart that support the event like this. This event wouldn’t have been  possible without each and every individual, who attended the event, the rocking  performers, generous sponsors and a team of GOPIO Sydney North West chapter.

GOPIO Sydney North West  chapter thank their Platinum sponsors Jasbir Singh Kang and Yogesh Manav of  Sapphire Function Centre, Gold sponsors Amit Pall of Kailash Lawyers &  Consultants and Sarjit Rahi of Caltex Australia, Silver sponsors Amrjit Khela  CEO of Unique International College, Gurmeet Singh Mangat of Ausgrip, Pankaj  Khurana of Prime Real Estate, Harinder Kaur of Platinum Bhangra, Raju Sarai of  Disco Waves, Vista Home loans and Ravi Singh.

Our media supporters were;  Harkirat Singh of Daily Ajit, Harpreet Singh of Punjab Times, Amarjit Khela of  ApnaPunjab TV, Malvika Santhebennur of Indian Link, Inderjit of The Indian and  Surinder Singh of Masala Newsline, Dimple of Desi Entertainment, Hemu Negi of  IndusAge, Bikram Cheema of Events News, Urban Lotus, Radio jockeys, Sham Kumar  of Mela Getan da, Rajesh Batra of Radio Mirchi and Sukhpreet of Radio Safar  Humsafar.

Special thanks to Mr. Vijay  Kumar, Secretary Govt. of India (Retd.), Mr. Umesh Chandra, GOPIO International  Coordinator – Oceania, Clr. SuSai Benjamin, Clr. Gurmeet Singh, Dr. Yadu Singh,  President Indian Australian Association, Mrs. Shubha Kumar, President India  Club, Mr. Suba Rao, President CIA and Mr. Moninder Singh, President Punjabi  Council for attending the event. Performers  Navjeet Kahlon, Jagpreet Grover, Cheryl Khurana, Mishi Khurana, Tia Singh  Group, Shaukeen Babay Group rocked the stage with their scintillating voice,  dances and acts. The stage was successfully managed by anchors Neeru Singh,  Aman Singh and Indra Ghuman. Ravinder Singh, Prof. Balkar Singh Kang, Baljit  Singh Pelia, Rajvinder Singh, Paramjit Singh Multani and Harmohan Singh Walia  along with the rest of the team worked tirelessly to make this event a grand  success.

Antakshri  Night has earned clean water & winter clothes for an underprivileged school  in India. With  an overwhelming support from the people of Sydney, more than 300 guests  attended GOPIO’s Diwali Antakshri Night on 6th November 2010. GOPIO  North West hosted the event with the full support of other GOPIO chapters in  Sydney. Over $2500 was raised by the event and the funds raised will be used to  build a clean drinking water facility and to purchase winter clothing for kids  in Wara Pohvindian Govt. Middle School in Tehsil Zeera and District, Ferozepur,  Punjab, India.

The  Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) is an international  network of people of Indian origin (PIO). GOPIO was founded at the First Global  Convention of People of Indian Origin in New York in 1989. The initial thrust  of GOPIO was fighting human rights violation of people of Indian origin. GOPIO  accredited by the U.N. as an NGO to participate in the World Conference against  Racism.

GOPIO  in Australia & abroad has now set its priorities in pooling its resources,  both financial and professional, for the benefit of people of Indian origin and  the countries they come from. GOPIO North West has come up with the idea to  help underprivileged school kids in India. Antakshri 2010 has left a lasting  legacy for the students of a selected school by providing them with well needed  basic amenities.

The  highlights of Antakshri Night 2010 were live music by Minto & group, DJ  Bali and abundant food from Kings Parramatta Restaurant.  The other attractions were song performances  by Minto, Preet and Harry Singh. Additionally Palak Gupta’s dance added the  Bollywood masala to event.

How can we  forget our Antakshri teams, Anaar (Navneet Sarna & Ayush Sharma) Chakri  (Tajinder Kaur  & Gurjot Singh), Phuljhari (Rishab &  Rithika)  and Rocket (Preet Sargam & Kanchan Bassi) complimented Diwali’s atmosphere.  All the team players were seasoned music trivia champions and were selected  through a rigorous audition process which took place at Yama’s Music Academy at  Glenwood, NSW. The winner teams were tied with Annar and Chakri.   Antakshri Night Guests were welcome  by Mr. Harmohan Walia. Aman & Neeru Singh delightfully managed the stage  and their commentary was applauded by all. Raj and Amit brilliantly managed the  guest list and their seating arrangement. Lucky Singh, Alka Sharma & Balbir  Singh’s support was abysmal.

GOPIO North West member Ravi Singh  donated the wine for the event which was cherished by all and it added an extra  zing to the event. The young team from GOPIO Glenwood, Aayush, Harpreet &  rest of the team worked tirelessly to make this event a grand success.  Harminder Singh, member GOPIO North West organised the Bhangra event which was  brilliantly choreographed by Rooh Punjab Dee group. GOPIO Parramatta President,  Amit Pall shared his generosity by donating tasty and colourful Indian sweets  which was welcomed by all our guests.

GOPIO  Sydney Co-ordinator Mr. Harmohan Walia and all Chapter Presidents, Lucky Singh (Sydney), Neeru   Singh (North West), Amit Pall (Parramatta), Aayush Sharma  (Glenwood) and Parmanand Singh  (Ryde) to all the sponsors, attendees and volunteers of the event for their  exceptional support in making the event a resounding success.

GOPIO team  heartily congratulate & thank the sponsors of the event Value WorldTravel  (Platinum sponsor), United Real Estate, Franklins Quakers Hill (Silver  sponsors), Gain Home Loans, Vista Home Loans, NRI Reality Solutions, Migration  Centre & Prime Protection, Minto Cellars & GOPIO North West (Bronze  Sponsors).

Special thanks  to GOPIO media partners Punjab Times, Hindi Gaurav, The Indian, SBS Radio,  Navtarang, Indian Link, Apna Punjab TV and Masala Newsline.   We encourage  additional members to join GOPIO team (membership fee $50 for singles, $75 a  year for a couple and students pay a discounted membership fee of $25)   Bring your  innovative ideas to GOPIO and together we can help the needy &  under-privileged.