‘LIBERATION and happiness’ was the overwhelming atmosphere at Sunday’s Sewa Day charity cricket tournament.

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Basingstoke and Basingstoke Hindu Society jointly organised the event which took place on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at May’s Bounty Cricket club.

The word ‘Sewa’ comes from Sanskrit language meaning ‘service’ or to be more precise ‘selfless efforts for welfare of all’. This is a flagship event of HSS Basingstoke that takes place every year in the month of June.. Due to Covid situation, it was moved to August this year.

There were 12 teams which took part in the friendly but competitive cricket tournament. League match winners moved to semi-finals and then to finals. It was an action packed day throughout. In addition to cricket for adults, there were fun games organised for children too.

HSS volunteers prepared a delicious Indian meal for lunch and snacks. The funds raised from the event will be donated to local and international charities that work for the betterment of human society.

The event was attended by close to 200 people including the Mayor of Basingstoke.

She said: “My consort and I were hugely honoured to support the 5th Charity Cricket Match on Sunday.

“The sun shone. The atmosphere was one of liberation and happiness. The food was outstanding. It was a great gathering.”