As it prepares to celebrate the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in November, the Sikh Cultural Society of Kamloops is collecting donations for Royal Inland Hospital via the Guru Nanak Fund that exists at the hospital.
The society is urging all Kamloopsians to donate to the Guru Nanak Fund, money from which is used to buy much-needed items for the hospital. Donations can be made through the Sikh Cultural Society of Kamloops, which is located the Sikh Temple at 700 Cambridge Cres. on the North Shore. Receipts will be issued to donors who contribute until November, when a cheque for the total amount raised will be presented to RIH officials.
The Guru Nanak Fund was established in 2003 by the Sikh Cultural Society of Kamloops. Since then, more than $165,000 has been raised to help RIH. Of that amount, $30,000 was collected by Tarsem Singh Gill and sons Sukhwinder Singh and Surinder Singh via the annual Indo-Can Golf Tournament.
The fund is named after Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the Sikh religion’s founder and first guru, who was born in 1469 in Nankanna Sahib, which is in modern-day Pakistan.
Guru Nanak spread a simple message: “We are all one, created by one creator of all creation.”
His message to humanity was to work hard, meditate in God’s name and give to the less fortunate. Guru Nanak believed in equality and held women and men in the same regard, insisting they should have equal rights.