At the outset, Bhartiya Samaj congratulates all Indians living in India and across the globe on the auspicious occasion of 71st Independence Day of India. At Bhartiya Samaj, our friends from various nationalities join the Indian community, the second largest ethnic group in New Zealand, to celebrate this remarkable event year after year. We will be celebrating this years’ Independence day on Sunday, the 13th of August 2017.

Independence Day marks an event of immense historical significance for us and the country. The spirit of Independence Day has just not been only about India’s freedom but also about celebrating our core values, rich history and cultural diversity that the country has for so long preserved and added in spite of long spell of foreign rule. As Indians, we take pride in having taken birth in Independent India. As we remember all the struggle and sacrifices of our revolutionaries and freedom fighters in achieving freedom, we also thank our great leaders for giving us the land of peace which has rich culture and heritage.

Our community has grown remarkably well in New Zealand making a substantial contribution by enthusiastically participating in the overall growth of the nation. It is an honour and great pleasure to celebrate this Freedom day of India in the land of the long white cloud (Aotearoa) we now call our new home. Along with the other communities and Community Welfare Organisations in Auckland region we celebrate the great and historic day.

The past year has seen Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust achieve several milestones in contributing towards the community and society at large in developing various healthy lifestyle programmes for seniors, children and youth. We are a family of fun-loving, contended and empathetic members who are full of life. Our enthusiasm helps us to create an environment of purpose and growth. Our sincere intention to support and embrace every individual who is joining and participating in the community gives us the feeling of fulfilment and satisfaction. We strive to create more such opportunities to reach the broader section of society from different phase of life.

This achievement is a testimony to the ongoing work and commitment of the Board of Trustees, Operational Staff and other Committee Members in progressing the vision behind our existence. We thank each member of our trust for their full hearted enthusiasm and participation.

We look forward to your continued support in attaining our goal to create a happy and contributing community. We are thankful to all the organisations, volunteers and well-wishers for their contribution and good wishes in making this event a successful reality.

Thanking you,

Sincerely Yours,

Jeet Suchdev QSM JP

Chairperson

Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust

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