Indo-Canadian Friends of Osler at Pearson Convention Center
Brampton: About a million dollars were raised by Indo-Canadians and others in supporting the William Osler Health System Foundation at a fundraiser at the Pearson Convention Centre.
About 600 Indo-Canadians and their friends and supporters were there at the event organized by Indo-Canadian Friends of Osler (ICFO). William Osler Health System Foundation is part of this group of three hospitals (two in suburban Brampton and one in Etobicoke) that attract a large number of Indo-Canadian patients.
Close to 40 families have pledged $25,000 each to make up the total of a million dollars, ICFO chair Satish Thakar said.
The William Osler Health System Foundation is also sending a team of 9 doctors to India next month. They already have a collaboration with Apollo Hospital group. The team will also go to Punjab to interact with doctors and researchers in several hospitals there for collaborations, for sharing their experience, research projects on ethnic-based issues and knowledge on global health programs, Thakar said.
“Ten percent of funds we have raised will be allocated to this global team that’s going to India,” he said.
“It’s only with the generous support from organizations like the Indo-Canadian friends of Osler that our health institutions like the Brampton Civic Hospital or the new Peel Memorial Hospital, can better save our city’s residents,” said City of Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey.
“I am proud of Indo-Canadians for contributing to not only the economic development of Canada but also to the social well being of their Karma Bhoomi,” Indian Consul-General Dinesh Bhatia told The Indian Diaspora.
He spoke about the major event in June to mark International Day of Yoga. That day will be celebrated in Toronto, in Canada, as elsewhere in the world. “We will be organizing this as a grand event,” said Bhatia.
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