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Vaisakhi food drive aims to collect over 10 tonnes

Last year's Vaisakhi food drive saw 10 tonnes of donations
Last year's Vaisakhi food drive saw 10 tonnes of donations Credit: Leicestershire Sikh Alliance

Leicestershire Sikh Alliance are hoping to collect over 10 tonnes of food at a food drive later today.

Thousands of Sikhs will come together to celebrate the most important day on the Sikh calendar and Leicester Sikh Alliance is hoping to beat last year's collection of 10 tonnes of food for vulnerable people.

The food drive will take place at Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara today from 10.00am until 5.00pm.

Vaisakhi celebrations will continue throughout this month. Click here to find out more information on events across the Midlands.


Vaisakhi food drive aims to beat own 10 tonne record

Organisers of Sunday's Vaisakhi food drive in Leicester, say they want to beat last year's record 10 tonne donation collection. Food and other items donated will be distributed to those in need across the community.

This really is a fantastic way of celebrating Vaisakhi. The fundamental tenants of the Sikh faith are serving others, and treating everybody equally - and what better way to put this into practice than by having a multi-faith food drive? We would urge people of all backgrounds and communities to join us in celebrating, and really helping those in the greatest need”.

– Raj Mann, Chair of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance

Click here to see Sikhs explaining the importance of Vaisakhi.

Click here to see more Midlands' volunteers helping those in need.

Vaisakhi volunteers aiming to beat food drive donations record

by Tejinder Kaur
Volunteers helping at last year's food drive in Leicester
Volunteers at last year's big food drive in Leicester Credit: Leicestershire Sikh Alliance

Volunteers from Leicester's Sikh and wider community and beyond, are holding a special food drive on Sunday as part of Vaisakhi celebrations. They're marking the most important day of the Sikh calendar by collecting food drive donations that will be given to those in need.

At last year's event 10 tonne worth of food drive donations were collected in a single day. Organisers are hoping to top that amount this year, and say charity is a key part of the Sikh faith and teachings.

Charities and organisations among those taking part on Sunday include the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance, Kaurageous Leicester and The Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara.

Organisations who will then help distribute the food include FareShare Leicester, Leicester Charity Link, Kirpa Foodbank, and Midlands Langar Sewa Society.

Volunteers at last year's food drive in Leicester
Volunteers from across the community at last year's food drive event in Leicester Credit: Leicestershire Sikh Alliance

Thousands are expected to take part in Vaisakhi parades across the Midlands on Sunday, and many will cook food especially to give to others on the day. Organisers expect many attending the celebration parades to also donate to the food drive, which is being held at The Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara.

Click here to see more on Vaisakhi celebrations in the Midlands.

Click here to see the ITV News Central report on last year's food drive in Leicester.


Birmingham Vaisakhi celebration dates announced

Sikh Vaisakhi celebrations
Sikh Vaisakhi celebrations Credit: ITV News Central

The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham and Birmingham City Council have announced that this years' celebrations will take place on April 27.

The first processions (Nagar Kirtan) will start at 11am from Gurdwara Baba Sang in St Paul's Road, Smethwick with the second starting at Gurdwara Ramgarhia Sikh Temple in the Jewellery Quarter at 11.30am.

A community celebration will take place at Handsworth Park between 11am and 6.30pm.

For more information visit the Birmingham Mail website.

Click here to see photos from the procession last year.

Vaisakhi parade through Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter

This is one of several processions as part of Birmingham Vaisakhi celebrations Credit: ITV Central
Percussionists setting the beat to the parade through the Jewellery Quarter Credit: ITV Central
Vehicles decorated for today's parade Credit: ITV Central
This procession started out at the Beadbi At Ramgharia Gurdwara Credit: ITV Central
Local scouts taking part in the parade for the Sikh festival Credit: ITV Central

Vaisakhi celebrations to take place in Birmingham

Vaisakhi festival held last weekend in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of Sikhs are expected to gather in Birmingham today to celebrate one of the most important dates on their calendar.

The festival is taking place in Handsworth Park, there will be live music, entertainment, Indian food and craft stalls.

The parade traditionally symbolises the harvest festival in the Punjab.

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