On August 13, Seva Food Bank Fellow, Amrit Sidhu, hosted “Dinner in the Dark” at Port Credit’s Ten Restaurant in Port Credit Missisuaga. The event sought to raise awareness regarding the importance of eye care and for guests to gain a greater appreciation for their eye sight. All proceeds raised at the event will be donated to the Canadian Institute of Blind (CNIB)
The event attracted community leaders, media and vision care advocates including CNIB client, Michelle Woodfrey and CNIB Advocate, Vijay Sappani. Other guests included the Harb Kahlon and Manraj Pannu from the Seva Food Bank Board, Angela Bennett from Brampton Board of Trade and Mississauga Ward 5 Councillor Bonnie Crombie
Amrit Sidhu, one of the five indivduals selected to be apart of the Seva Fellows Program, is passionate about vision care and seeks to bring awareness to the rising epidemic of vision loss. She stated, “Once blindfolded, peoples remaining senses will become heightened and they will really be able to experience dinner like never before. They will be able to recognize how much they take their vision for granted and will develop a new appreciation for their eyesight and eye care.”
In partnership with the Inspirit Foundation, the Seva Food Bank introduced the Seva Fellowship. The fellowship selected five high achieving youth from to create positive change and develop their skills as future leaders of the community. The program is facilitated by Sadia Rafiquddin, Director of Programs and Youth Development at the Seva Food Bank and the Fellows are mentored and trained on their individual projects. Manraj Pannu, one of the Seva Food Bank Board members stated, ” We’ve witnessed tremendous growth in all our Fellows over the past 6 months and we’re extremely proud of their community projects and the positive impact they’ve had on our clients, volunteers and partner organizations”.
The Seva Food Bank is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, with the mission to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the well being of all) and seva (selfless service). They welcome volunteers and serve clients of all faiths, backgrounds, and cultures.