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National Grandparents Day celebrated with the Lord Mayor of Bradford
On Sunday 2nd October, youngsters and volunteers at the Sant Nirankari Mission - Centre for Oneness – in Bradford celebrated National Grandparents Day.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Geoff Reid and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Chris Reid, attended the special service to commemorate and celebrate grandparents past and present, recognising their sacrifices, hard efforts and contributions which have paved the way for current and future generations to enjoy the freedom and opportunities gifted to them.
Youngster had organised a raffle with prizes to honour and celebrate their grandparents.
Prizes were handed out by the Lord Mayor to the raffle winners while a special hamper was awarded by all the youngsters to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress in honour of all grandparents.
Local in-charge, Rev Jawahar Singh, presented £100 from the raffle sales towards the Lord Mayor's Appeal - YoungMinds - a charity which helps children, young people and their parents to cope with mental health problems.
Mohinder Ram, the volunteer in charge, said: “Part of the Mission's philosophy is to ‘respect all’, irrespective of gender, age, social class, caste, colour and religion.
“Through the Mission, people are taught to value, love and respect their elders and their wisdom and experiences in partnership with the energy and enthusiasm of the youth.”
He added: “The partnership, which bridges the elders and youth, has flourished and worked well.”
In his speech, The Lord Mayor of Bradford commended the Mission's contributions, which were recognised recently in the Duke of York's community initiative award 2016/17.
He also applauded the social work undertaken by the Mission and the SNM Yorkshire branch.