Past Fundraisers 2011-12
Rishikesh, January 2nd, 2012
Krishna Das Charity Concert in Rishikesh
artist Krishna Das, famed for his uplifting
devotional music, performed in Rishikesh
on January 2nd for a crowd of nearly 500
people. Opening for him were the Ma Chetan
Jyoti Music Academy children. All proceeds
from the concert went to Ganga Prem Hospice.
Iowa, Fairfield, October 26th, 2011
Om Diwali Pumpkin Lanterns in Iowa, USA
sold Diwali lanterns with Om carved on them
in aid of Ganga Prem Hospice in Fairfield,
Iowa on the day of Divali
the OM pumpkin lanterns at the
Koerber held an interesting Diwali fundraiser
for Ganga Prem Hospice in Fairfield,
Iowa on October 26th, 2011. She made
Diwali Lanterns of carved pumpkins with
the sacred syllable "Om" and
sold them at the local Farmer's Market
to raise funds for the hospice. Despite
the fact that Diwali fell on the coldest
day of the year so far, those few people
who attended the Market were warm-hearted
and donated $75 to Ganga Prem Hospice.
Karen thanks her partner
Claude and dear friend Sharona for their
loving and selfless assistance!
London, October 22nd, 2011
Open House in Southeast London, U.K.
organised an open house in aid of Ganga
Prem Hospice in her home/private yoga studio
in New Cross, SE London.
The event was a real
community effort. Many of Caroline's yoga
students helped with the cooking of a delicious
vegetarian lunch which was served at noon.
Swami Saradananda gave a talk on her book,
The Power of Breath, and a number
of taster therapies were available to the
public including sacro-cranial, shiatsu
The event was successful
and raised just over £1,000 for Ganga
Prem Hospice. A big thank you to Caroline
Tautz for organising and hosting the fundraiser!
Surrey, New Malden, October 8th, 2011
Satsang in Honour of World Hospice Day
Steen hosted a satsang in honour of World
Hospice Day on October 8th, 2011 at her
home in New Malden, South London. There
was a silent meditation and prayers for
the more than one million people diagnosed
with cancer in India each year.
The satsang marked
the end of Navaratri, the nine-night celebration
in honour of the Divine Mother. Swami Saradananda
spoke on the inner meaning of the celebration
and how a deeper understanding of it can
uplift our yoga practice.
Everyone had a wonderful
time and £125 was raised in aid of
Ganga Prem Hospice.
Nottingham, July 14th to September 20th,
to India: U.K. to India by Tuk-Tuk
The Slow Train
to India expedition in aid of Ganga Prem
Hospice and other charities concluded successfully
after having traversed 14 countries and
10,000 kilometres over 68 days, all in a
On 20th September,
when Sanjay Sharma and his two companions,
Anand Mohan Bhardwaj and Sumit Joshi, drove
their auto-rickshaw, Flying Rani, into Delhi
and sighted the historic India Gate, it
meant that they had accomplished a very
extraordinary feat. They had set out from
Nottingham more than two months ago with
the goal of reaching far away India. The
expedition received promises from several
donors, particularly in Gujarat, that they
would donate a handsome amount to the Hospice.
Indian leg of the Nottingham to Delhi expedition
was by far the most successful for the Slow
Train to India. Not only did it see Indians
offering to donate, it also had local people
as well as newspapers and television news
channels much interested in knowing more
about why somebody had driven an auto-rickshaw
all the way from the U.K. At each nightly
halt in Indian cities (Mumbai, Surat, Gandhi
Nagar, Vapi, Udaipur, Jaipur and then finally
Delhi), the team gave interviews to the
press about their chosen cause.
One of the three expedition
members, Anand Mohan Bhardwaj extensively
used his contacts in India to gather support
for the Slow Train to India. His wife, Manju,
worked tirelessly behind the scenes to raise
At India Gate
in Delhi, Sanjay's family members along
with Ganga Prem Hospice volunteers were
there to welcome the Slow Train team, which
then gave interviews to the media about
their epic journey.
Barcelona, July 29th, 2011
Soul Ride from Barcelona to London
is a self-empowerment organization which
has decided to support Ganga Prem Hospice
as one of its charities. At the end of July,
they supported us through a long-distance
motorcycle ride from Barcelona to London.
On the 29th of July,
Rishabh Sharma, the Soul Rider, left on
his fundraising journey from Barcelona to
London. The sponsored journey was intended
to raise awareness about the Soul Rider
foundation and its aims, and also to raise
funds for its chosen charities. The ride
which took three days raised Rs. 30,000
for Ganga Prem Hospice.
Thank you to Rishabh
Sharma and the Soul Rider foundation. Efforts
like this mean so much to Ganga Prem Hospice
and its patients.
Surrey, New Malden, July 23rd, 2011
Garden Party in New Malden, Surrey
July 23rd, Nataraja-Gabriele Steen and the
Westminster School of Yoga arranged a "party"
to raise funds for Ganga Prem Hospice. Students,
teachers, friends and neighbours celebrated
the sunny day with tea, home-baked cakes,
and Thai canapés (all donated) in
April Pierrot and several
other therapists donated "taster"
treatments, Swami Saradananda gave two talks
on "The Power of Breath", and
raffle tickets were drawn. Handmade soaps,
aromatherapy creams and ayurvedic incense
were on saleas well as a number of
other donated items. The children's table
was a big hit with the younger attendees.
In all, it was a lovely and easeful day
that raised just over £1,000 for the
Thank you Gabrielle.
Your fundraisers mean a lot to Ganga Prem
Hospice and its patients.