CALIFORNIA SIKHS DONATE OVER 1000 BIKES TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN
Fresno, California, December 12 (Raj Gogna)- Fresno chapter of the We Are Sikhs campaign tookpart in the 19th annual Fresno Hells Angels Toy Run at Chukchansi Park Field and continues to break barriers between communities. National Sikh Campaign (NSC) had launched the We Are Sikhs campaign in April this year and it ran an ad campaign on national cable TV as well the grassroots actions.
The Toy Run donates bicycles to underprivileged children. Over 1,000 bicycles – 200 more than last year – were collected, purchased and assembled by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club of Fresno and donated to children a part of the following organizations: WestCare California, Inc., San Joaquin Valley Veterans, Fresno Housing Authority, Turning Point of Central California, Inc, Jefferson Elementary, Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services, Angels of Grace Foster Family Agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California and Marjaree Mason Center.
Bill Singh Nijjer, said, “We are proud to be part of this endeavor We will continue to break barriers using the core principles of Sikhi of Kirit karna (Work Hard and honestly) and Vand Shakna (Share with the less fortunate). We are part of the community here in Fresno and we must stand with our neighbors.
Amritpal Singh, “We are here as Sikhs of Guru Nanak, to serve those who are in need. As Americans and as Sikhs we must continue to serve our communities. We are very thankful for the overwhelming response from Fresno Sikh community to support We Are Sikhs participation in this event.”
Fresno Sikh community has taken similar initiatives to reach out to the wider community. NSC Fresno had also sponsored the fire works on July 4th this year and Sikhs were praised universally in a town with a half million population. There are about 50,000 Sikhs in Fresno and in near by areas. The polls taken after the ad campaign in Fresno showed a significant positive perception of Sikhs. 59 percent of Fresno residents – a clear majority – say they know at least something about Sikhs who live in America. 68% saw Sikhs as good neighbors and 64% saw Sikhs as generous and kind.