Surrey,Canada: Surrey’s generous Sikh community helped raise more than $715,000 at an annual radiothon celebrating Sikhism’s Founder Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary Gurpurab. This year’s recipient was Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Unit.
Thousands of listeners, predominantly from the local Sikh community but others as well, rallied around the expansion and renovation of British Columbia’s second largest Birthing Unit. The radiothon, which was held as call in donations on RedFM, marks Guru’s birthday, when Sikh generosity and acts of charity are a tradition of the day for Sikhs around the world.
“Surrey’s Sikh community packs a tremendous punch when it comes to charitable giving”, said Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation’s president and CEO Jane Adams. Listeners throughout the Lower Mainland, BC and the world stepped up to support the Family Birthing Unit. Digital technology.
Donors were all over from Australia as well as families living in Ontario, California, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
“Donors were truly selfless”, added Adams. Two boys, aged four and seven and newly arrived in Canada, brought in their Spiderman banks. The boys pried open their banks with a can opener and spilled every cent onto the table that they had accumulated since arriving in Canada, and contributed it to the Mata Tripta Family Birthing Unit. Another woman over 100 years in age struggled up two flights of stairs to personally deliver her donation to the volunteers collecting donations at the radio station.