‘Impart both morality and education to your children’- Acharya Swamishree Maharaj
On Tuesday 8th September 2015, Shree Muktajeevan Academy of Excellence held their annual Education Awards, recognizing students for their achievements in a variety of subjects and disciplines, including main stream school, college and university subjects, Gujarati and Bharatnatyam.
By the divine grace of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, a total of 79 awards were handed out, which included 14 Excellence awards for the highest achievers. Amongst the Excellence Awards were First Class degrees, post graduate awards, professional accreditation and recognition for numerous A* grades at GCSE and A’Level.
Alongside the academic achievements, the sporting excellence of the congregation was also celebrated. Muktajeevan Swamibapa Himself often promoted the importance of physical exercise, yoga and meditation and is the inspiration behind the many sports clubs the mandir runs.
Swamibapa Football Club and Swamibapa Cricket club awarded trophies and medals to this year’s Football tournament winners and runners up and recognized the crickets clubs top bowlers and batsmen of the season.
On this prestigious evening the temple also celebrated its charitable achievements. Representatives from St Lukes Hospice and the National Autistic Society were presented cheques for £10,000 and £4,000 respectively.
The money for St Lukes Hospice was raised by the 100 women from the congreagation who took part in the midnight walk and was greatly received by Jemini Shah of St Lukes Hospice. She thanked the mandir for its contribution and support of voluntary organisers, marshals and walkers alike.
The money raised for the National Autism Society was raised single handedly by Anant Savani and charity representative Jo Redhead was delighted to collect this on their behalf. She praised the mandir for raising awareness of autism and contributing to the improvement of society.
The evening concluding with the audience and participants understanding that whilst Kingsbury Mandir is predominantly a temple, it is also a hub for the community to take part in various activities that will lead to individual betterment.