Gandhian Society and GOPIO raise funds for ambulances for rural India


The Gandhian Society and the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) jointly organized a Khadi Fashion Show and a Music competition to commemorate the 75th Indian Independence Day.

The event Swaraj with Bapu and Vinoba was held in Central New Jersey. The funds raised were to extended ambulances to India in order to help the health sector in rural and tribal areas. The event on August 15th raised funds for 10 ambulances.

Bhadra Butala, the founder of Gandhian Society said that the society has committed to providing 50 ambulances this year, which will be run and maintained by Gandhian groups in the rural and tribal areas.

A.K. Vijayakrishnan, Consul for Community Affairs at the Indian Consulate, was invited as the chief guest at the event, along with him, many other dignitaries like GOPIO International Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, NJ State Representative Raj Mukerji, Democratic Party nominee for Mayor in Edison Sam Joshi, former Assemblyman and NJ Assembly Speaker and current Public Utilities Commissioner Upendra Chivukula, joined the event.

Vijayakrishnan appreciated the work done by Gandhian Society and GOPIO in keeping the Gandhian philosophy and values alive.

He said, “The Gandhian Society was playing an important role in making the younger generation aware of the values and principles of the Mahatma Gandhi and the importance of non-violence.”

Dr. Abraham highlighted how the India diaspora came forward when there was a crisis. He said, “When India was hit badly with the second wave of Covid, the Indian Diaspora came forward to help by sending oxygen concentrators and medical supplies and GOPIO chapters are supporting the noble cause of the Gandhian Society to provide ambulances to underserved rural and tribal areas.”

Every dignitary who attended the event spoke about the works of Gandhian Society and how each member is committed in stepping up when there is a need.

There were many community leaders who participated at the celebration including GOPIO International Coordinator-at-Large Asha Samant, hoteliers Maganbhai Patel and Dalpat Patel, GOPIO-Manhattan Executive VP Prof. Rajasekhar Vangapaty and Dr. Ravinder K. Thota of American Telugu Association (ATA).

The fashion show was done to promote Khadi fabric, which was the fabric preferred by Mahatma Gandhi, was presented in a modern manner so that the younger generation could identify with the fabric and continue to wear the fabric.

The event saw 10 people coming forward to donate ambulances with their generous donations. Those who donated ambulances include Bhadra Butala, Hasmukh Patel, Krishna Pirlamarla, Dr. Prabhu Rachakonda, Maganbhai Patel, Gita Butala and others.