Sikh Community participates in EARTH HOUR

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 24 /CNW/ - The Punjabi Daily newspaper from
Mississauga has been urging its readers and Sikh organizations to participate
    The Ontario Khalsa Darbar (Dixie Rd. Gurdwara Sahib-Sikh Place of
Worship) has prepared for Earth Hour on March 29, a worldwide initiative
launched by the WWF, the global conservation organization.
    It will be lights-off between 8 and 9 p.m. at the Gurdwara, where the
hundreds gathered in the congregation will unite and use candles to pray for a
cleaner and more peaceful world.
    "The Sikh Community has always taken a leadership role in protecting our
environment. We are proud to participate in Earth Hour, which shows the Sikh
communities commitment to protecting the environment, I encourage everyone to
join in and turn off their lights for that one hour," said Sukhminder Singh
Hansra, of The Punjabi Daily, a Punjabi newspaper in Mississauga who urged the
Sikh community join in using it's editorials.
    Furthermore the International Punjabi Sports & Culture Centre will also
join in on Saturday from 8-9 pm at National Banquet Hall, where they are
holding their 4th annual fundraising event. This event will boast a crowd of
over 500 guests, dignitaries and business people who will light candles to
participate in Earth Hour during their speeches, reorganizations and the
Punjabi folk dance called Bhangra.

    The Earth Hour campaign by the WWF, started in Sydney, Australia in 2007
when 2.2 million people and 2,100 Sydney businesses turned off the lights for
one hour, lowering the city's energy consumption by 10.2 per cent. The effect
was equivalent to taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour, according to
organizers. This campaign has now spread to major cities worldwide making
Earth Hour 2008 a global movement.

For further information:

For further information: Harpreet S. Hansra, (647) 680-4740,; The Punjabi Daily, 1332 Khalsa Dr. No.22, Mississauga ON.,
L5S 0A2, Tel: (416) 661-7272, ext. 4, Fax: (416) 661-7273,

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