A Diwali party to empower Indian-origin senior citizens in Australia

"It's a testament to the compassion we share, reminding us that age is just a number in a community that cares."

Victoria’s Maroondah Indian Community (MIC) is gearing up to host an extraordinary Diwali party that transcends the boundaries of conventional festivities and aims to be a remarkable display of culture, community spirit, and compassion

Mr Gagan Agrawal, Secretary – MIC, says that they are organising this event with a steadfast mission to uplift and enrich the lives of senior citizens within the community.

He adds that this event extends an open invitation for all to unite in support of this noble cause.

“With each step we take, regardless of our region, religion, or residency, we build bridges that connect us all. Let us remember that in our collective efforts, we illuminate the path to a brighter and more inclusive future for our cherished senior citizens. Together, we can transform moments into meaningful impacts.”

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“Our celebrations go beyond mere revelry; they serve as a rallying point for individuals driven by the aspiration to bring about positive change. By participating, attendees become integral to a movement that strives for lasting impact through the exchange of narratives, innovative ideas, and a collective vision for a more vibrant community future,” adds Mr Agrawal.

At the core of this event lie traditional Diwali rituals, taking center stage to remind participants of the festival’s profound significance. Cultural performances will also take the spotlight at this party with enchanting dance routines, soulful melodies, and captivating acts that transport attendees through the vibrant tapestry of Indian heritage.

Mr Agrawal believes that such performances “stand as a testament to the Maroondah Indian Community’s ethos of multiculturalism, mirroring the rich diversity that defines India itself.”

Image: Seniors meet at Maroondah Indian Community (Source: Supplied)

Mr Abhishek Gupta, committee member – MIC, adds that he is proud of the diverse tapestry that weaves together individuals from all walks of life in their small local community.

Our commitment to unity and compassion remains unwavering, transcending boundaries of region, religion, and residency. Through our collective dedication, we are crafting a legacy of support and empowerment for our senior citizens. In the spirit of Diwali, let us continue to shine a light on their lives, ensuring they experience the warmth of our community’s embrace.”

The MIC Committee members add that apart from dynamic games, engaging competitions, music and dance, and the promise of fun-filled interactions, the sumptuous Indian three-course feast will make this evening memorable.

Image: Seniors meet at Maroondah Indian Community (Source: Supplied)

A senior citizen adds that the members find solace and joy in the united community, and the gesture to organise the party has touched their hearts.

Knowing that the proceeds will benefit our welfare touches my heart deeply. It’s a testament to the compassion we share, reminding us that age is just a number in a community that cares.”

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The Committee members are encouraging attendees to seize the opportunity and be part of this transformative celebration, where their involvement extends beyond the event itself, becoming an investment in a brighter future for the entire community.

The committee says that this event represents a golden opportunity for local businesses to align with a worthy cause while gaining unparalleled exposure . The committee says:

“By sponsoring the Diwali celebration, businesses can showcase their commitment to community and culture, and be prominently featured among a diverse and engaged audience. The occasion offers a unique platform to demonstrate corporate responsibility and make a lasting impact.”

Mr Agrawal adds that the proceeds from this Diwali event will be strategically allocated to enrich the lives of senior citizens within the community.

“A comprehensive plan is in place, encompassing initiatives such as facilitating complimentary monthly senior gatherings, orchestrating delightful outings, and enriching excursions, inviting experts to share their wisdom, and subsidising travel to upcoming events.”

He further mentions that the funds will also cater to many other urgent needs of the senior community members.

Image: Seniors meet at Maroondah Indian Community (Source: Supplied)

As the Diwali festivities draw near, both the old and young members of the community extend a collective call for support, aiming to transform this celebration into a night to remember for its cultural richness, unity, and compassion.

The young members of MIC say that they are thrilled to be part of the community and are looking forward to Diwali party to make a difference.

“We’re a tight-knit bunch valuing everyone’s story. Get ready for our Diwali bash – it’s not just a party; it’s an explosion of dance, heart-pounding music, and endless fun. Let’s unite, dance like nobody’s watching, and spread the joy!

MIC is a not-for-profit organisation and has a membership of over 200 committed individuals. It is striving to foster an environment where acceptance and support transcend religious beliefs, regional origins, and residency status.

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