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Volunteering at London 2012

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Ajay Kumar and Sacikishore das were not the only Manor devotees to volunteer for the London Olympics. Arti Patel, a festival volunteer, was a ‘Games Maker’.

“My journey as a Games Maker began as soon as London was awarded the privilege to host the 2012 Games, “ Arti explained., “I thought there is no way the Olympics is coming to my country without me being involved! I have always loved watching athletics and the atmosphere in London during the Olympics would be too good to miss.

“In summer 2010 I started to get emails telling me that the volunteer selection process was about to begin. I sent in my application in September in which 250,000 people applied, so the wait was quite a long one! Since then I was taken through numerous selection and interview processes and in January 2012 I was offered the role “Event Services Team – Stadium Member-” for the Paralympic Games.

“My role was to welcome folk to the Stadium, get them seated and answer any questions.  So I could be placed anywhere helping anyone in the venue, from the mobility bus through to the VIP seating area, or I could be simply inspecting accreditation passes at a door.

“As soon as doors opened; it was a bit of a euphoria overload with the crowd joining in and sharing the emotion of the athletes’ performances – super success or downright disappointment.

“Nothing could prepare me for going on-site when the Games were in full swing. It certainly exceeded my expectations – the noise, the sheer number of people, the smiles, the camaraderie – even my fellow Games Makers getting the last train at 1am train were friendly and welcoming. The armed forces and the Metropolitan Police were fantastic.

“I have never experienced being part of a team with such a large number of people in which the energy was brilliant from day one, no one knew everything so using common sense and improvisation were required, but all the teams (paid staff and volunteers) came together around a common mission – simply make the Games as great as possible for everyone involved. I spent a glorious 7 days inside the Stadium so got to see a lot of the initial heats and just had the best time with new friends, watching amazing athletes and the great British public. It is genuinely like utopian bubble in East London!”















Latest Manor Newsletter

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The main stories in this edition include:

The Janmashtami Festival

The official opening of the Manor’s community Mentorship system

Devotees’ involvement in the London Olympics

Save the River Yamuna Campaign

Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja


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Providing Support at the London Olympics

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Two hard -working devotees took on special roles during the recent London Olympics. Indeed London 2012 was revolutionary in many ways, even from a spiritual dimension!

1) The Multi-faith Centre

One of the unique features of the Olympic site was a multi-faith centre, strategically placed in the heart of the Athletes’ Village, offering easy and ready access to anyone who felt the need to seek spiritual guidance.

Sachi Kishore das served as one of the chaplains at the centre, taking on a range of responsibilities such as facilitating a puja ceremony on the day of Janmastami. He also provided pastoral care to those who visited, and administered yoga and meditation sessions, instilling inner stability and strength in the athletes.  He also met with support coaches, staff and volunteers.

“The multi-faith centre was in my opinion one of the vital aspects of London 2012,” Sachi Kishore das explained. “It offered a haven where anyone was welcome to come and meditate or read from scriptures. For me, this added a much needed spiritual touch to the Olympics, making the Games truly complete”.

The day the Indian Team was welcomed into the Olympic Village. On Saci Kishore’s right is a Christian Chaplain and a coach from the Indian team.


2) Manor Festival Chair joins Olympic Committee

Ajay Kumar, the Chair of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Festival Committee, due to his previous experience was accepted on the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“My interest in Event Management began when I started volunteering my time and energy for the Manor festivals,” Ajay explained. “As a member of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s community it is difficult to appreciate the high quality of festivals we provide. We take it for granted the sacrifice many devotees give to ensure that thousands of pilgrims receive a great experience. What we do at the Manor is inspiring, magnificent and magical and I hope that some of my previous experience helped make London 2012 the success that it was.”