At Logic we like to think we have a strong work ethic and an equally strong recognition that maybe life is not easy for a lot of people. Throughout the year we aim to raise funds for charity through our individual efforts, while once a year near Christmas we come together as a team to lend our support and to contribute to a worthy cause chosen by the group.

This year we chose to work with SWAT – the Sikh Welfare Awareness Team – and help feed the homeless in Oxford. Here’s Vicki’s account of the day:

The day started when we all came together at the Sikh Temple in Headington.  Harj had given us guidance beforehand that we needed to respect the traditions of the Temple so we all wore scarfs to cover our heads and removed our shoes when we went inside. Logic has a very diverse team and although we have a light-hearted approach to many things we show respect to each other’s beliefs and traditions.

Under the expert eye of Harj’s mother Jas we set about preparing the food we would take to the centre of Oxford later that evening. We had been asked to prepare two separate dishes and chose vegetable samosas and vegetarian pasta.

We were all involved in preparing the dishes while Jas oversaw the cooking in accordance with tradition and advised us that all the food had to be blessed before it could be consumed.

You know at home when you are preparing vegetables, especially carrots, you nibble as you go along? Well this is not allowed when you are preparing food in the Temple (if you do then all the food is disposed off and you have to start again), so we all chopped the vegetables and rolled the dough with great care.

Making 200 samosas from scratch seemed a daunting task at first but we all enjoyed the lesson from Jas in making the chapatis – let’s say quality control rejected more than accepted – but by the end we had quite an efficient production line going!

When all the food was ready, we travelled into Oxford City Centre in the evening to provide our warm meal specifically for the homeless. It was a real “eye opener”. Alongside us were other volunteers who provided much needed clothing and personal hygiene items. The numerous people who came were really thankful and appreciative.

An old saying I heard a long time ago as a child came to mind “There but for the Grace of God go I”. There has never been a truer saying – not one of us knows what is around the next corner. None of the people we saw that night had asked to be in that position and due to a number of factors going against them at one particular time they found themselves homeless. That doesn’t make them any less of a human being; it shows strength of character to survive in such harsh conditions and still retain their dignity.

The next time you see a homeless person in the street take a few minutes to think of what they will face that evening in comparison to you. If you feel that maybe you can’t give them some money then maybe you could get them some food or a cup of tea from a nearby shop. It is true that every little bit really does help.

Every member of the Logic team left Oxford that evening feeling very, very humble.