Gurdwara donates $41,000 to Richmond hospital

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Asa Johal adds $10,000 to amount raised by ‘No. 5 Road’ congregation

Richmond: Spearheading a leadership role to improve local health care, the India Cultural Centre of Canada’s Gurdwara Nanak Niwas (also known as the “No. 5 Road gurdwara”)  donated $41,500 to Richmond Hospital Foundation to improve local health care.

“Our community recognizes the need to take a leadership role to help improve care for patients in Richmond,” said Balwant Sanghera, speaking on behalf of the gurdwara. “Richmond Hospital is one of the community’s most important institutions and our donation will help ensure local health care is there for all of us in the future.”

“We thank each and every member of the India Cultural Centre of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas who has chosen to give to make certain that their family has the best care possible here in Richmond.” said Natalie Meixner, President and CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation.

“Since Richmond Hospital first opened 50 years ago in 1966, the size of our community has quadrupled.  We have the fastest-growing seniors’ population in the entire province, which places extreme pressure on being able to provide acute care services to those in our families who need it,” said Meixner.

“More than ever before, philanthropy is a vital lifeline for our hospital and we are grateful to the Gurdwara Nanak Niwas for giving back to make sure our loved ones have access to high quality care.”

The donation also includes a personal $10,000 gift from prominent pioneer, businessman and philanthropist Asa Singh Johal, who is also chairman of the India Cultural Centre of Canada.

“This place of worship launched a fundraising campaign for the Richmond Hospital Foundation a couple of months ago. The response from the congregation and the community  has been great,” Sanghera added.

“During the past two months, our community has been very generous in opening its hearts and wallets. The congregation was kind enough to raise $31,000.(India Cultural Centre of Canada’s) Chairman Asa Singh Johal donated $10,000, thus raising the total to $41,000,” he said.

For nearly 30 years, Richmond Hospital Foundation has raised close to $70 million to help purchase vital medical equipment, improve patient care services and upgrade facilities at Richmond Hospital.