Lives could be saved thanks to breast cancer donation from kind hearted members Rugby Shakha

Fundraisers at the presentation.
Fundraisers at the presentation.

Lives could be saved thanks to a number of fundraising activities held by Rugby Shakha.

A cheque for £1,687 was presented recently by the group to University Hospital’s Breast Cancer Unit Appeal in Walsgrave.

Press officer Kishor Mistry said it concluded a summer of fundraising organised by Rugby Shakha and its associates.

Rugby Shakha’s flagship fundraising activity – the annual Sewa Walkathon in June – raised over £1,000.

Other activities included a quiz night and a Hawaiian themed party night.

At the presentation, Adela Appleby, head of UHCW charity, and Melanie Odell, fundraising officer, commented on the goodwill and generosity of the group for dedicating their time and effort to a worthy cause.

Volunteers from Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (UK) - Rugby branch (known as Rugby Shakha), organise various events throughout the year, in which they try and engage with the local community.

These include Colours of Holi (March); Sewa Walkathon (June) - around Draycote Water; International Day of Yoga (June) - Caldecott Park; Sewa Day (October) - Ashlawn Cuttings and a Feeding Homeless Quiz.

Kishor said: “Over the last 10 years, our annual Sewa Walkathon event has raised much needed funds for numerous charities and good causes, such as Cancer Research UK, Myton Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation and this year UHCW’S Breast Cancer Unit Appeal.

“Many people in our communities need the support and services of these charities and our events allow the charities the opportunity to raise awareness among the community of the services they can offer as well as raising funds.”

She added: “This year we chose the UHCW’s Breast Cancer Unit Appeal because there has been an alarming increase in breast cancer cases amongst Asian women and we wanted to raise awareness for the need for women to get checked.”