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'No one has ever asked us before': New West Gurdwara grateful for special needs camp

Organizers from Gurdwara Sukh Sagar Sahib in New Westminster hosted 28 kids during a three-day summer camp in Surrey.
Nearly 30 special needs children and their families recently participated in a free three-day camp at Gurdwara Sukh Sagar Sahib in New Westminster.

Inclusion, dedication and determination.

Nearly 30 New Westminster children with special needs were treated to fun and games last month, thanks to the generosity of both a B.C. non-profit and a local place of worship.

Members of Gurdwara Sukh Sagar Sahib are feeling grateful that Reach Child and Youth Development Society approached them about hosting a three-day camp for 28 kids.

"No one has ever asked us before," said Sukhninder Singh in a release sent to the Record, noting the Gurdwara agreed "without hesitation" when Reach called them.

"This tireless group entertained, consoled, chased and compassionately cared for our young friends during the hottest days of the summer," added Pindi Mann, Reach Parent Support Group Facilitator (Punjabi) and Family Navigator in the same statement.

"Heartwarming bonds and friendships were made. It was an incredible privilege spending the three days with this incredible group of young people — the future is bright with these lovely humans."

A team of 18 volunteers helped run the Reach camp, which took place at Bear Creek Park in Surrey from Aug. 14 to 16.

Mann said there are also plans to have monthly sessions for the children at the New West Gurdwara.

For more information, you can visit the Reach Child and Youth Development Society's website.