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Re: [SIKH-MEET-UP] Fauja Singh - confirmed as Olympic Torchbearer - Saturday 21 July‏ 11/05/2012

From: Kalvinder
Sent on: Monday, May 14, 2012 7:50 PM
Dear all, 
Have you tried writing to the Indian businesses like the Authentic Food Company and the global food funatics company as they are Sikhs and I am sure they would want to support Fauja Singh! 
And others who have businesses eg I slough and Southall. Rather than individual donations I think this may be the way to get the donations needed for this very admirable and incredible Sikh elder.
Kind regards,

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On 14 May 2012, at 19:35, Tavinder New <[address removed]> wrote:

Dear all, The news all of you have been waiting for. Fauja Singh will be carrying the Olympic Torch on Saturday 21 July in the Olympic Borough (Newham). You can see his name on the following link - this makes him the oldest ever Olympic Torchbearer. When he last ran with the Olympic Torch in London (2004 Athens Olympics), it was for 800 metres and despite my 'advertising it on Punjabi speaking radio channels, Punjabi print media 3 months, two months, one month, three weeks, two weeks, one week and every day in the last week ONLY EIGHT Sikhs turned up to support him, two were family members, two from his running club (Nirmal Singh lotay and myself), two from the 'Sikh Times' newspaper and two other Sikhs - I SINCERELY HOPE THAT AS HE IS ONLY RUNNING FOR 300 metres THIS TIME THAT MORE THAN THREE SIKHS WILLTURN OUT TO CHEER HIM ON. Yet when Gurdwaras, Jathebandis and other organisations have invited him to promote their cause saying nice things about his feats being inspiring and his tireless work on promoting the Sikh image globally - he has always delivered by turning up - sometimes under his own steam. Next time anyone wants him to attend their function, they should ask themselves - what have we ever done for Fauja Singh? We counted less than fifty Sikhs along the 26 mile London Marathon course three weeks ago - despite (clearly false) promises by thousands. I will not be saying this again - as it clearly falls on deaf ears but please try to surprise me by bothering to turn up on Saturday 21 July to cheer Fauja Singh as he runs with the Torch. Finally, despite our plea for support of his running club from individuals, companies and Gurdwaras for FORTY donations of £125 to cover the cost of printing two sets of Sikhs In The City T-shirts, we only got responses from EIGHT - and they are our regular supporters.  If you feel that his club has earned the respect for promoting Racial and Religious Harmony through sport - please make a donation of £125 (to SIKHS IN ENGLAND) before the end of May 2012. Please post your cheques to the address below and provide the name of your organisation to be printed on the back of the two T-shirt designs as shown SITC c/o 47 Wellesley Road Ilford Essex IG1 4JX England Any monies over the forty donations sought will go towards subsidising Fauja Singh'steam trip to run in Mauritius on July 15 - we are currently short by £3,500. You will recive a receipt by email. With genuine thanks in advance Harmander Singh Fauja Singh's Coach [masked] [address removed]

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