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Singapore's Sikh community sets goal of 550,000 volunteer hours in 2019 to mark founder's 550th birthday

"After all, that is in line with Guru Nanak Dev Ji's core teachings of universalism, equality and inclusivenes...

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Sikh community has set a goal to collectively clock 550,000 hours of volunteer service by the end of 2019, as part of year-long celebrations to mark the 550th birthday of the founder of the faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

A website, SewaPledge.org, was launched last week for members of the 12,000-strong community to log their activities.

Former People's Action Party MP Inderjit Singh, who is heading the steering committee for the celebrations, said in a statement on Thursday (Nov 29) that volunteer work has been defined broadly for the purposes of the pledge.

"As long as it is done selflessly and not for personal gain, Sikhs can record their contributions as hours clocked. Through this initiative, we hope to rally the community together for a common, positive purpose and to also document the community's contributions to the nation," he added.

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