Cherry Hill Hindu Temple Hosts Benefit for Victims of Katrina

September 4, 2005

Source: Courier-Post

On September 4, 2005 the Courier-Post reported, "Two months ago, Daksha Sorathia began planning a fundraising event for victims of Southeast Asia's tsunami and other natural disasters around the world. 'Then Katrina hit and we thought, "You know what? This is the most immediate need,"' said Sorathia, a Swedesboro resident. On Saturday, more than 200 people attended the event at the BAPS Bchansawi Akshar Rurushottam Sanstha Hindu Temple... 'A lot of people were seeing our sign and coming in to donate,' said Nayan Sorathia, Daksha's husband. 'They didn't even stay for the event, they just wanted to help.' For those who stayed, the fundraiser featured a plethora of activities for children -- arts and crafts, water games, henna tattoos and inflatable toy castles on which to bounce. Each activity cost between $1 and $5, and the money will go to BAPS Care International. The worldwide nonprofit organization is setting up shelters and providing food and other immediate needs for those displaced by Katrina. 'For today, we didn't have a goal in mind, but we were hoping to raise at least $3,000,' Daksha Sorathia said... Saturday's event is just the beginning. Today, the temple will hold a prayer service for Katrina victims and on Oct. 2, volunteers will host a walk-a-thon to raise money for those displaced by the flooding."