Surrey, BC: On November 12th, from 6am – 10pm, members of the Lower Mainland’s South Asian community donated over $790,000 during the 13th Annual Gurpurab Radiothon hosted by RED FM. 100% of the donations were made to the Surrey Hospital Foundation, in support of the Mata Tripta Family Birthing Unit.
The annual Gurpurab Radiothon was held during celebrations of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith.
The Sikh community celebrated this occasion with their donations. This year’s goal was to raise $550,000 to support the Mata Tripta Family Birthing Unit, previously named by the community after a successful Radiothon in 2012. Since that time, over 35,000 babies have been born at Surrey Memorial Hospital; equipment replacement and upgrades are required.
As a media partner to the Surrey Hospital Foundation, RED FM organized the Radiothon and donated the airtime. Over 2,000 people visited the RED FM studios; others made contributions by phone, or online.