Posted on 7th September 2022
At the beginning of March, the fifth annual LivIndians Charity Badminton tournament took place to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland at Xcite Craigswood Livingston.
This year’s event raised almost £3,000, and included a CPR training from BHF and a competitive tournament for eight women’s doubles teams and 32 men’s doubles teams, accompanied by tasty Indian food, and a grand raffle with exciting prizes.
Special guests attending the event were Shri. Asif Saee (HOC CGI Scotland), Ms Poonam Gupta OBE (CEO of PG Paper Company) and Rita Yuan Gao Atkins (Performance and Development Coach).
We would like to congratulate gold winners Laura Turnbull and June Bell (women’s doubles) and Kyle Mitchell and Iain Richards (men’s doubles), along with silver winners Nagadurgarao and Vimal and bronze winners Sunhil Madisetty and Pradeep.
The Livindians are a group of people belonging to Indian ancestry who live in and around Livingston. Many Asian communities in Scotland are keen on playing badminton and one such community in Livingston is using their passion for the sport to provide wider benefits to the community.
Badminton is the most popular sport in Asia and is the fastest racket sport in the world, providing a great work out that is easy to play whatever age you are.
In Asia, many people play at professional level but even more play to keep active or to meet friends. This tournament is a great example of a community coming together to combine all the best qualities of our sport and to raise money for a great cause.
BHF has already helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly everyday hundreds of people still lose their lives.
Thanks to the support from LivIndians, BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £24 could pay for two hours research by an early career scientist and every penny helps.
Funds raised £2,000+ (2022), £7,515 (2019), £1,899 (2018), £1,933 (2017), £425 (2016).
If you missed the event or would like to donate, please give what you can to contribute and consolidate the overall funding.
Details and dates for next year’s event will follow in the coming months.