The risk of getting cancer can be considerably mitigated if the information regarding symptoms of cancer and preventative measures have been conveyed. Taking this notion into consideration the youth of Mahamevnawa pledged to make cancer history by joining hands with Canadian Cancer Society. This event conducted at Milliken Mills Community Centre on July 28th. A representative from Canadian Cancer Society addressed the importance of healthy living and maintaining healthy habits. After the lecture of the Canadian Cancer Society representative had ended. A venerable monk from Mahamevnawa monastery delivered a speech addressing how to have a remorse free life by virtuous living and how to have a stress free life through meditation. The member s of the Mahamevnawa monastery coordinated the event and provided refreshments for the participants.
Many of the children born in Sri Lankan Buddhist families are not aware of how Buddhism was established in Sr i Lanka. To make sure that the future Sr i Lankan generation remember their roots Mahamevnawa Monastery organized Sri Lanka day which was held 3rd of June 2012 at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. The fir st session in the morning was conducted by venerable monks at Mahamevnawa. During this session monks explained how Buddhism was established in Sri Lanka. During the second session which was held in the evening, the youth members of Mahamevnawa conducted a presentation regarding the Sr i Lankan Buddhist places of worship. The session was very informative to both children and adults since most of the Buddhist places of worship in Sri Lanka have a proud history of more than two thousand years.
The Mahamevnawa Bhavana Monastery organized three blood donation clinics. The first of these three was held at Boxgrove Community Centre in Markham in October of 2010. Due to a very large turnout of donors, CBS was able to exceed its expected quota of pints of blood collected. Noble Friends of Toronto (NFT) coordinated the tasks for this event, such as contacting donors to obtain information, looking for a community centre to host the event, creating posters and flyers to promote the event, offering refreshments to the donors who participated in the event, and directed all traffic throughout the event. This event enabled NFT to offer the community a lifesaving gift.
NFT organized another flower puja, this one for back to school students. Several roses were ordered and arranged in vases. Many of the youth members assisted other NFT member s and several devotees in creating beautiful rose flower decorations. The youth’s flower arranging and team work talents has a great chance to blossom during the preparations of this event.
For a second year in a row, Noble Fr iends of collaborated with Everg reen Society of Canada to organize yet another stewardship event in July of 2011, Downsview Park. Once again, Noble Fr iends of Toronto youth member s played a very impor tant role in initiating and promoting the event throughout the community. Youth member s were paired with an adult member or adult volunteer from the community and assisted with clearing away several weeds and other unwanted plants that were hindering the success of saplings, which, once big enough, will be transplanted in various locations around the city. Refreshments and lunc h were ser ved to all volunteer s. A Dhamma desana was g iven by Ven. Kemaratna bhante after the prog ram was over.
NFT wanted to show gratitude to their parents and grandparents, and all parents and grandparents by organizing a special event at Toronto Mahamevnawa. Parents and grandparents were invited to the monastery to partake in the event and lunch was also provided for them. NFT cooked all the food for this event. All NFT members and other youth and devotees were able to pay homage and gratitude towards their parents and grandparents as well as all parents and grandparents present that day. This emotional event truly showed us the importance of our parents and their roles in our lives.
We Care For You then known as Noble Friends of Toronto, organized a mar igold flower puja offering to The Supreme Buddha. During this event, NFT members, including its youth member s as well as several Toronto Mahamevnawa devotees, got the opportunity to prepare a golden array of marigolds around the main stage of the monastery. Thousands of marigolds were stringed into garlands and also placed around the statue of the Supreme Buddha. This event was organized to commemorate the 2,600th anniversary of the Enlightenment of Gautama Supreme Buddha
One of most successful events to date, We Care For You, then known as Noble Friends of Toronto with the assistance of several Toronto Mahamevnawa devotees were able to collect enough funds to provide medication, pharmacology text books and mosquito nets to the Cancer Hospital in Sri Lanka. In addition, a meal was provided to 900 patients who also participated in a pirith chanting Buddha Puja.
For over 7 years, our community service wing has done numerous community service projects, both in Canada and Sri Lanka