By Ambika devi dasi, VCC secretary Photo: Jagat Priya devi dasi
As many are aware, New Govardhana’s Vaishnava Care Committee (VCC) has formed to assist seriously ill devotees and those in need of palliative care within our community. On 20 February, the VCC officially registered as a non-profit incorporated association. The VCC has also applied to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) for charity status, which, if approved, will allow tax deductions for contributors. The VCC requires this status because it plans to construct a palliative care residence on New Govardhana.
New VCC members are welcome! The VCC meets every six weeks to discuss devotees currently requiring home assistance and to push ahead plans for the care residence. Social welfare and care programs are expanding across our Hare Krishna movement, signaling maturity and a growing realization of the importance of caring for each other.
“One of the symptoms of a devotee is that he is kind. If our Godbrother becomes ill it is our duty to help him get the proper medicine and treatment so that he can recover”, Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Sukadeva das, 5 April 1974.