In April, NEOMED’s Sikh Student Association celebrated Vaisakhi — a day to commemorate the establishment of the Sikh faithThrough the evening event, students, staff and faculty were able to learn about the Sikh culture and religion, which is said to be the fifth most common religion in the world.
Gurkiran Singh, a rising second-year College of Medicine student, shares more about the Sikh Student Association’s philanthropic efforts.
What is the Sikh Student Association’s mission?
GS: Our organization is involved in the community by doing service. Our group collaborates with the Project Kaur Foundation, a charity founded by one of our own officers that serves those in need throughout local communities, by making care kits and serving meals at homeless shelters.
Tell us more about the Sikh Student Association.
GS: The goal of our organization is to spread awareness of the Sikh faith, the fifth largest religion in the world, as well as to practice one of our most important principles: selfless service. We try to do so by engaging in community service as well as educating others about our faith.
What do students get out of joining the Sikh Student Association?
GS: By joining our organization, students have the opportunity to give back to the community. For example, this past winter, students in our organization organized a clothing drive at gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship) throughout our communities to donate to a local homeless shelter. Our members are enabled to take initiative and organize service projects.