Published August 16, 2012 | 11:02 am
Wisconsin: Ten days after the shootout that killed six worshippers and left three others injured, Sikh community in Wisconsin have joined hands and raised over Rs. 1.4 crore for the victims families.
“It’s an outpouring of support. We are overwhelmed,” said Kulwant S Dhaliwal from Wisconsin gurdwara The memorial fund drive for the families of victims has reached its 85 % of the target amount in just 10 days, Dhaliwal said.The temple authorities had initially planned to raise the fund in 90 days. The money would be given to victim’s families and would also be given to those who were injured, Dhaliwal said, adding that donations are coming from all over the country and also from Punjab, and other cities in Britain and Canada. In addition to the online fund raising efforts by the Wisconsin gurdwara, which as of August 15 was USD 254,088 donations are coming from other sources and organizations also, he said.
Meanwhile the family of the gurdwara president Satwant Singh Kaleka, which had set up the website for online donation, said, they will not take the money. Instead, 100 % of all contributions will go directly to lower-income families who lost loved ones, those injured in the shooting, and to repairing the temple, according to an announcement on the website.