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Sikh Religious Society organizes ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’ Run in Palatine

Sikh Religious Society organizes ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’ Run in Palatine
July 12
14:58 2019
 State Senator Ann Gillespie kicking off the Run

State Senator Ann Gillespie kicking off the Run

Photo credits: Amrit Gill, Adam Witt and Siddiq Ashraf

Sikh Religious Society organized its second annual 3.2-km Run/Walk June 30 in Palatine,  a suburb of Chicago.  The theme of the run was “Sarbat Da Bhala” (Well-being for All).

More than 200 participants of all ages, including neighborhood residents and their families, took part.  State of Illinois Senator Ann Gillespie, who represents the people of this neighborhood in 27th Senate District, was the honoured guest and kicked off the run.

The event was organized by the Sikh youth volunteers and neighbours of the Palatine gurdwara in collaboration with the Sikh Religious Society board of directors.

“The purpose of this run/walk is to engage the neighborhood, encourage each other to get healthy and support youth involvement in community activities,” said Jasvir Kaur of the youth organizing committee.

This year’s “Well-being for All” Run/Walk was dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith, to honour his spiritual journey during the course of which he travelled over 40,000 km, over a period of 24 years, visited nine countries, mostly on foot, having interfaith dialogues with people he met along the way.

A group of volunteers who helped the organizers Photo credits: Amrit Gill, Adam Witt and Siddiq Ashraf

A group of volunteers who helped the organizers

He  reminded the importance of truth, social justice, love and respect for each other’s faiths and compassion.  Gurmat Sunday School students Sehaj Kaur, Ajeet Singh and Asees Kaur spoke about what inspires them about Guru Nanak. The youth took a keen interest and played a strong role in organizing the event.

Gillespie encouraged the youth to participate in such healthy activities and handed out award certificates to the top three winners of the Run – Mukal Kumar, Amandeep Singh and Shaan Singh Sohi.

“This would not be possible without a hardworking team of youth organizers, medical staff, dedicated youth volunteers and their parental support. Everyone loved it and we are making this event an annual tradition,” said Prempal Singh, Sikh Religious Society board member.

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