Thursday, April 1, 2010

Jain community Raised Over £11K for RSPCA on Mahavir Jayanti

By Raj Sarin

March 31, 2010

Over 400 members of the Jain community in Manchester celebrated the birthday of Lord Mahavir over the weekend and marked the occasion by raising money for RSPCA.

The event took place at the Jain Community Centre, Longsight where Pujya Samri Ji Prasana Pragya and Samri Ji Rohit Pragya from Jain Vishwa Bharti, London held four days training to enrich life through practice of non-violence.

A stage production by young children and students showed the benefits of meditation and non-violence.

Jains try to follow the teachings of Lord Mahavira who taught his followers about the true path of happiness. His teachings on complete non-violence and the importance of austerity shows them the path to achieving salvation and spirituality.

A cheque for £11,768, collected by the Jain community was presented to Susie Hughes from RSPCA by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Alison Firth.

Said Susie: "This was the largest amount RSPCA have ever received in the U.K. It is a most wonderful achievement from a community that should stand as an outstanding example to us all".

President of Jain Samaj, Piyush Mehta and vice presidents Kiran Mehta presented awards to Ruchir Shah and Ashok Mehta for raising the maximum funds for the charity and thanked the members of their community for their help.

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