Harrow communities came together last week for fundraising events in aid of those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.
Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Dharma Bhakti Manor, based in Wood Lane in Stanmore, held a fundraiser on Friday (May 1) with more than 500 people and an evening of prayers and hymns.
Candles were lit in memory of those who lost their lives - this number predicted to be more than 7,000 people.
The funds raised surpassed £45,000, all of which will go to those directly affected by the disaster. To donate further, email email@example.com.
The temple itself started the fundraiser by pledging £5,000 which is already being used on the ground to order 500 emergency shelter tents and supply rice to thousands of affected families. These efforts have been coordinated by devotees and saints from Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Bhuj Kutch and other sister Shree Swaminarayan temples in Nepal.
Additional funds will be used in the help to rebuild schools and hospitals.
Invited guests Bob Blackman, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Harrow East, Harrow West parliamentary candidate Hannah David, Councillor Kanti Rabadia and Labour parliamentary candidate for Harrow East Uma Kumaran showed their support by lighting a candle for the lost lives.
The International Siddhashram Shakti Centre (ISSC) with Jaysam Builders and Law Partnership Solicitors also held a special shanti prayer ceremony to fundraise for the Nepal earthquake on April 30.
Organised at the Premier Banqueting Hall, the prayers were attended by over 700 people from the local and wider community and more than £17,000 was raised.
Prayers were for the victims’ souls to rest in peace, to give strength to the survivors and hope for the future of Nepal.
In attendance were Mayor of Harrow Councillor Ajay Maru, Mayor of Barnet Councillor Hugh Rayner, Mayor of Southwark Councillor Sunil Chopra, Labour candidate for Ealing Southall Virendra Sharma, Inspector Mahil of Ealing Metropolitan Police, Mr Kuleep Shekhawat of MATV and Govrang Patel, director of Jaysam Builders.
The prayers were also attended by prospective parliamentary candidates for Harrow West Hannah David of the Conservative Party and Gareth Thomas of the Labour Party together with prospective candidates for Harrow East.