Book your places at HEAL India Night 2016

HEAL supporters will look ahead to a major milestone for the UK-based charity at their next India Night fundraiser being held at The Cresset, Peterborough, on Saturday, November 12.

The event, now in its 11th year, gives a chance for HEAL friends, donors and sponsors to come together for a colourful night of music, food and entertainment.

An added ingredient this year will be a taste of what is to come in 2017, which marks 25 years of transforming young lives through education among some of the most disadvantaged members of Indian society.

Founded in 1992 by Peterborough GP Dr Satya Prasad Koneru, HEAL – or Health and Education for All to give it its full name – has gone on to help thousands of orphaned, abandoned and underprivileged children escape the clutches of poverty.

His unbending mission has been to offer hope to needy children in his native India by equipping them with the tools to become masters of their own destiny.

Fiercely determined to break the seemingly constant cycle of poverty in his former home state of Andhra Pradesh, Dr Prasad has used HEAL to provide shelter, health care and an all-important education to children who he hopes will go on to follow his example and work for the good of others.

HEAL followers and supporters have been amazed at the growth of this once tiny non-profit organisation which began with the donation of a single building – Dr Prasad’s ancestral home – for less than 30 orphans.

From those humble beginnings, growth over the past two decades has been remarkable, leading to the development of an unprecedented centre of health and education called Paradise Village, soon to become home to 1,000 students.

Yet despite its steady expansion and progress towards raising 10,000 destitute and vulnerable children out of poverty by the year 2020, HEAL is still run by a dedicated team of volunteers based in the UK.

HEAL’s projects have received unwavering support from principal partners The Hans Foundation, plus a small army of child sponsors and key donors from the United States, India and elsewhere.

As always, all the monies raised from India Night will go directly towards the running of the Paradise Village project and those in attendance will hear details of the progress being made in the flagship development.

Tickets, available from Helen Rome (tel: 07863 178679 or 01733 348468, email: helen@gep-consulting.com), are priced at £25 (£15 for under-16s), great value for an evening of authentic Indian food, music and entertainment.

“India Night has been a firm fixture in the HEAL calendar and has become so much more than just a fundraising night over the past 10 years,” said organiser Helen.

“Of course, raising money to support HEAL’s wonderful work with disadvantaged children in India is the priority, but India Night is also a great opportunity to raise awareness of our charity and I’m sure the prospect of HEAL’s silver jubilee next year will bring an added dimension to the occasion.

“”We have some wonderful speakers lined up this year and also a great raffle. I would urge supporters to let me know as early as possible if you are able to attend and how many tickets you would like.

“Even if you are unable to attend, you can still get involved by sponsoring any of this year’s India Night entertainers. We welcome back our resident dohl drummer Sanjeev and Bollywood Bhangra DJ will be with us again. We are also joined by a new band, Go with The Flow, from Peterborough.

“Plus, raffle prize donations ahead of November’s event would be most welcome,” adds Helen, “We hope to see you there!”