COCAG organised a fund raising food stall and raffle at the Super Sikhs Cup in September 2016 at Bernie Mullane Sports Complex in Kellyville NSW. It was a very fun filled and productive day for the group. As organised with the Super Sikhs management, a food stall was set up early in the morning and food items were sold at reasonable prices to raise funds for the charity.
Early morning there was a good demand for tea and sandwiches and the day continued with serving homemade chocolates, cup cakes, brownies, gulab jamuns and chips
S Gurpreet Singh Badwal and other team members of the Super Sikhs were of great assistance in sorting out few of the issues which arose during the day. Gurtej Singh of Kaumi Awaaj radio gave a good coverage and publicity of the COCAG activities throughout the day.
Around mid day, one of the volunteers, Bainy Pannu became a point of attraction when he gave a challenge to the audience of weight lifting and advised that all the prize money would be donated to COCAG to help the needy. About $200 were raised with this weight lifting challenge and all the money was donated to COCAG. Seeing him, lots of other youngsters came along for weight lifting and it became a good physical fitness exercise.
Another point of attraction for the audience was the raffle draw organized by COCAG, again to raise funds for the charity to help some less fortunate and destitute. “We were able to sell about $500 worth of tickets during the day to add to the funds. All the raffles were donated as gift vouchers by the businesses in the area. A big thanks to the kids, who were busy in selling tickets to raise the funds,” the members of COCAG said.
“COCAG is heart fully thankful to Maharazas Haweli, Vege Delight, Mobile Experts Chatswood, Mstar, Desire Function Centre for donating gift vouchers to raise funds for the needy.
It was a big day for the group, but worth doing it. A total of over $3500 were raised on the day and the funds raised on the day will be helping a long way by providing food, shelter and medicines to the needy as well as paying fees and other expense for the kids at several charity organizations.
COCAG had placed Piggy Boxes at several businesses and house holds in the area. One Piggy Box collected from Chatkazz Restaurant in Harris Park contained $522 when opened up after about 6 months. Your dollar or two dropped in the Piggy Box along with other would give a hope to live a life with dignity when it will reach the needy. Two other Piggy boxes filled with coins and notes have been received.
COCAG management requests everyone to either take a Piggy Box and put in the change money or simply put in the change money in the boxes placed at these stores whenever you are buying something from these stores.
With COCAGs motto of Celebrations and Charity, please make a habit of making a small donation to help the needy while celebrating your family functions and volunteer with COCAG to reach to larger number of needy and less fortunate individuals in the society.
COCAG is organising another Fund Raising Food Stall at the forthcoming Diwali Function on Saturday 22 October 2016. All readers are requested to come along, say hello to our hard working volunteers, enjoy the yummy fresh food with a cold or hot drink, buy a raffle and help us raise funds for the needy.
Two of the forthcoming projects for the group include: Providing 50 sewing machines to the needy girls at New Indioz Community Centre at Jallandhar and Paying for a Part time Doctor and Nurse at Guru Amardas Apahajj Ashram, Sarabha. Other funds to be provided to sponsor needy kids to assist them in the education and assisting charities caring for destitute and orphan kids,” the COCAG Management team said.