Thursday, 23 March 2023
Statements by Members
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)
Cassandra Fernando (Holt, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
BAPS is a global socio-spiritual and volunteer-driven organisation with a commitment to empowering individuals to engage in projects that improve the community, country and world. I have had the honour of being a part of BAPS activities many times, particularly with their Melbourne South branch. Most recently, I commemorated International Women's Day with them. Their women's conference, with the theme Make It Happen, served as a platform to bring women together to discuss various methods of overcoming obstacles faced during the pursuit of our goals. They organised a play that focused on ways to seize opportunities to accomplish our ambitions. One of their beautiful performances was of the twins, Sidthi and Ridthi, and how they use time differently in life.
This made me reflect on my own life and how I have used my time so far on this earth to advance the cause of equity and equality. I am proud to represent organisations like BAPS as the federal member for Holt. Their vision to ensure a harmonious society by promoting their culture through volunteering and service is commendable. Thank you so much for having me and thank you for the lovely sweets.