Camp raises community awareness with its theme of “Action Today Leads to a Healthier Tomorrow”
A free medical camp with the theme of “Action Today Leads to a Healthier Tomorrow” organized by Hands2Inspire, a Maryland based community organization, drew over 200 people from the Washington metropolitan area.
The first such annual camp on Oct 15 at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, Cooksville, Maryland, was named after Kesar Kaur Sandhu, who was born on June 19, 1915 in Village Choorkana, Sheikhupura District, Punjab, Pakistan— the location of “Sacha Sodha.”
It was here that Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak had spent money given by his father to make a profitable deal, on feeding, clothing and taking care of needy people for what he called a ‘Sacha Sodha’ or true bargain.
Sandhu was born in that very village where Giving Back or ‘Vand Chakna’ was rooted. The camp was named after Kesar Kaur Sandhu for her connection to a village which is a constant reminder of the importance of giving back, the organizers said.
Hands2Inspire staff wanted to create a camp that incorporated not only physical health, but mental health as well and would be open to everyone in the community free of charge, according to a press release.
The act of giving or ‘Vand Chhakna’ was clear at the Kesar Kaur Sandhu Medical Camp. Medical professionals, businesses, nonprofits, business owners all rallied together for this event.
They gave back to make communities aware and build a sense of comfort in understanding and talking about their physical and mental wellness.
Dr. Swaiman Singh of Five Hearts River Association also joined the inaugural event. Businesses came out to promote healthy living, including Chiseled Life who brought out personal trainers, and a catalyst physical therapist.
Other businesses included SherniVision, Hiya Karate, Kika Stretch, ProjectSelf, YogaSix, Louyaa Bears Triclub, and many more.
The camp also drew in over a dozen doctors from various specialties. The event included cardiologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, family practice, internal medicine, academic hospital medicine, pulmonary/critical care, general dentistry and a naturopathic doctor.
Patients met with different doctors to have general consultations, glucose and blood pressure checks. There was also a hearing instrument specialist who conducted free hearing screenings.
Hands2Inspire’s goal is to continue to give back, share knowledge & raise awareness through events such as the Kesar Kaur Sandhu Medical Camp, the release said.
One of the top event planners from the area, Preeti Exclusive Events, sponsored the event and donated all the linen and drapery for the hall.
Columbia Medical Supplies donated medical supplies for the medical staff to use. Over 20 vendors, including Mom’s Demand Action, Ashiyana, Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, Howard County Health Department, Hood College, Howard Community College, Howard County Public Library also joined the event.
A farmer Harsimran Singh, from Singh Sugar Maple Farm found out about the event and offered to donate free handpicked fruits and vegetables to all attendees. He also arranged for snacks for them.
Sawinder Singh Dhillion and his son Gursahib Singh Dhillion donated fresh subs for all medical professionals. And Aneja Distributors donated drinks for the attendees.