The Harman Foundation held the event “Batting for a Cause”, a friendly cricket match between home team “Clydesdale Farm Cricket Club” and “Team Harman”, to launch the 24/7 Helpline and predominantly bring awareness to the community to seek help. In attendance were Local Blacktown City Deputy Mayor & counsellors, Director Cultural Affairs from Consulate General of India, Jay Raman, Vice President and Executive Director of Sri Om Care, police officers representing Mount Druitt and Riverstone police commands. The event began with the national anthem sung by Ria followed by acknowledgement of country and the traditional custodians of the land. The event was held in partnership with Waratah Estate Agents and Clydesdale Farm Cricket Club and with the support of many sponsors: Elara, Stockland, Grewal Farms, Xclusive Homes, Star Uniforms Australia, Sahara Funerals, UNEEK Conveyancing and JOY BOOTH.
The MCs, Jaideep Singh and Manu Singh, opened the speeches by introducing one of Harman Foundation’s Directors, Nikki Harnoor Singh, who spoke of the mission and origin of the Harman Foundation. This was followed by Hitika Bhatia, a counsellor with Harman Foundation, who explained the services offered through this Helpline and the impacts of the domestic violence on men and women within the multicultural community. Harinder Kaur, co-founder of the Harman Foundation, spoke broadly on domestic violence and stressed upon victims to seek help. She also discussed the stories of two Punjabi women late Harjit Kaur (2017) and Kamaljeet Kaur Sidhu (2020), both being the ultimate victims of domestic violence, in honour of whom the organisation established HER House (Harman foundation Empowerment and Refuge House) in 2017. It provides shelter to women and their children who are victims of Domestic and family violence. She also drew attention to the need to reach out to the South Asian community, many of whom may not be aware of national domestic violence services and hotlines. This is the need that this Helpline aims to fill as it is established in consequence to its growing need during COVID time. Harinder Kaur concluded her speech by stating that, “happiness is not about what you have but what you give to others.”
Survivors of domestic violence Simi and Laila spoke of their experiences with domestic violence. Simi, who has been working with the Harman Foundation for 7 years, stated that “I didn’t want a broken family, I could change him… I was giving wrong message by protecting him and giving wrong message to children.” Laila, who has worked in the NSW State Department of communities and Justice, also spoke of her experiences of domestic violence and her fears of a broken family. She stated that “I didn’t respect myself, so he didn’t respect me… kids don’t need a dad, but they need a role model.” Interestingly, a 7-year old Vishamber Kaur came to the stage to ask the community to reach out to the Harman Foundation when they need assistance.
Hon Kevin Connelly, State Member of Parliament from Riverstone highly appreciated the work the Harman Foundation has done to the community. This was echoed by Deputy Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Councillor Julie Griffiths who went on to stress the need to make society a better place to live. Hon Michelle Rowland, Federal Member of Parliament from Greenway, appeared via video message and spoke of the increase in family violence and the need to support the work of organisations such as the Harman Foundation.
Before the cricket game started at 2pm, two cricket bats, donated by the Cricket NSW by the support of Australian International Sports , were put up for auction bringing in a total of $1150 of donations to the Foundation. Following this an energetic gidha was performed by Hunar e-Punjab Gidha Team. As the game started with a format of 15 overs per side the competition began. During half-time Jaspreet Dance Team took the stage and performed a Dhol and Bhangra /Bollywood dance by the little kids to the cheering spectators. It was Harman Foundation Team that won with the final scores of 111 to 108, with $1 donated for each run. Co-founder & Chair Harman foundation Maninder Singh presented Player of the Match to Jyoti Phaugat from Team Harman whereas the best bowler award was presented to Ajai Benerjee from Clydesdale team. Harinder and Maninder Singh then presented the Winner’s Trophy to the Harman Foundation’s Team.
In conclusion, the day was a huge success. The speeches, interviews, and food stalls were engaging and informative whilst the cricket match brought entertainment and cheer. The focus of the day revolved around the launch of the Helpline.
Harman Foundation Launched 24/7 Helpline 1800 11 66 75 for Domestic & Family Violence
Harman Foundation Successfully Held Their Launch Event, ‘Batting for a Cause’ on the 11th of October 2020- Helpline 1800 11 66 75 at Elara Boulevard, Marsden Park, NSW.
Harman Foundation, an organisation working to deliver open, empathetic support, guidance, and reassurance to all multicultural community members, launched a 24/7 Helpline. Harman Foundation was established in 2013 because of the need to support Maninder Singh, Harinder Kaur and their family felt from the loss of their son, Harman. The launch of helpline represents a new milestone for the not-for-profit organisation. The 24/7 helpline free of charge provides case to case a systematic approach to the victims of domestic and family violence, counselling services, support to international students, chaplaincy & bereavement and food to the needy services.