A spellbinding night as HEAL Australia’s Indian Extravaganza goes like a dream HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru swapped HEAL Paradise for Surfers Paradise this month as he flew from Andhra Pradesh, India, to the Gold Coast of Australia on a fundraising mission. Just a few days after celebrating his birthday at an all-singing, all-dancing HEAL Day event at Paradise Village, Dr Prasad was making his way to Queensland to attend the first ‘Incredible Indian Extravaganza’ gala event organised by HEAL Australia. The Grand Ballroom of the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa provided the stunning location for a night of food, entertainment and colour on March 5. “It went like a dream,” enthused Dr Prasad after attending the event Down Under. “We had a great time and the first fundraising and official launch of HEAL Australia went well.” The charity ball not only showcased Indian dance, music and food, but incorporated a fashion show, which was a big hit, according to organiser Vahini Panda. “The Incredible Indian Extravaganza was a great success, we are really pleased,” she said. “We had such good feedback and generated plenty of interest in HEAL. “We could raise around Au$8,500 from the fundraiser, all of which which will be used for the shelter, education and health care of orphaned and disadvantaged children in India. “The attendees were spellbound by the fashion show, dances and singing performances. The sumptuous spread of over 20 Indian delicacies was well appreciated and the DJ was a big hit.All in all it was a memorable night and a great start for HEAL Australia.” HEAL Australia was formed two years ago as a new arm of the charity created in 1992 by Dr Prasad, a UK medical practitioner. And there was no time for the globetrotting Dr Prasad to rest before flying back to India, where he is due next week to receive a prestigious award for his exceptional contribution in the field of education for disadvantaged and orphaned children.