Charity drive on Amma’s Birthday

Members of the Amma New Zealand Inc, an organisation devoted to spreading the religious and social message of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, popularly and affectionately called, ‘Amma’ (Mother) by millions of people around the world will mark her birthday on September 27 in Auckland.

She is reported to have cured hundreds of thousands of people with her blessings, prayers and most importantly with her hug.

Sangeeta Kalra, who volunteers for the organisation, said that the annual food collection, held as a part of Amma’s birthday celebrations has chosen Auckland City Mission as the beneficiary.

“Auckland City Mission provides thousands of emergency food parcels every year. It delivered 11,168 parcels between July 2012 and June 2013. The Mission’s food parcels provide three daily food for four days for a family of four persons. The Parcels offer a nutritionally balanced emergency food supply during a crisis, giving families the time they need to find more permanent solutions,” she said.

Auckland City Mission supplies food parcels from donated goods, along with some purchased items such as vegetables.

The birthday celebrations will be held at the Auckland Buddhist Centre (381 Richmond Road, New Lynn) on Saturday, September 27 from 630 pm. The programme will include devotional songs, Aarti and cultural performances,” Mrs Kalra said.

Further details can be obtained from Patricia Wylie on (09) 4194609 or Ranjita on 021- 2994891. Email:; Website:

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