Holi is widely celebrated by people of Indian origin from across the globe during which people immerse themselves in joyous celebrations and also put colour on each other. While there were many private and community festivals organized to celebrate this festival, Strathfield based event decorator, Renu Mediratta from Events 2 Dream, chose to organise a charity event on this occasion.
The fundraising event, Holi Glam Ball, held at The Grand Ballroom in Epping Club in Sydney, on Friday, March 14 attracted over 120 people. Holi Glam Ball, a function organized by Renu Mediratta, received strong support from the community. The event raised $7,582 for the Lung Foundation Australia and Cancer Council NSW.
Renu, who herself has been a breast cancer survivor, spoke passionately about why she chose to organize this event. “About three years ago, my father passed away due to lung interstitial disease. In general layman terms, it’s a disease where lungs harden over a short period of time. Slowly, the patient needs to carry an oxygen cylinder for breathing. In 3 months, it took his life and it was such a shock for us all.”
An emotional Renu, who had to be consoled many times by the Master of Ceremonies said, “Only a month after he passed away, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a scary experience. After being diagnosed, I had surgery and did some chemotherapy – fortunately I was spared from radiotherapy. The treatment for cancer was incredibly tough. I was tired, nauseous and just felt miserable pain. And that’s when it hit me really hard as to what my Dad would have felt.”
“I was told by my doctor that breast cancer was curable and I had that hope that one day I would get better whereas my father never had that hope. How he must have felt in the terminal stage of his life? I can never forget what my sister told me that in the hospital, our father told his friend that his daughter in Australia was saying that there was some medication in Japan. He was trying to look for that hope”, she added.
The function provided a 3 course sumptuous meal that included mouth watering Indian delicacies. The event MC, Divya Dhingra, a well known community role model, kept the audience glued with her effervescent personality and witty quotes. She demonstrated why she is one of the most sought after MCs in the Indian community, in the manner in which the charity auctions were conducted. The charity items included 2 cricket bats signed by the entire Australian team and the other signed by Australian and Indian team, an exceptional plaque and a return Air Ticket to India, sponsored by Fortune World Travel, Harris Park. All items were auctioned at much higher than the reserve price during the crisscrossing rollercoaster bidding, by many participants. There were scores of raffles and prizes, which were drawn out during the event.
The other highlight of the event was the dance entertainment provided by gorgeous Neha Jain, owner of Bollywood Glamour Dancing group, which is a dance and events’ company focused on delivering the energy, exuberance, excitement and glamour of Bollywood. Neha and her troupe performed dances on a medley of popular Bollywood songs, but the highlight of her performance was the energetic dance on “Balam Pichkari Jo Tune Mari” from the movie Jawani Diwani. The audience was also invited to learn some of the dance steps, which everyone relished. DJ Ash with his extensive musical knowledge set the dance floor on action and made sure the audience would remember the night for a long time to come. Dimple Deez from Desi Entertainment production transformed Epping Club Grand Ballroom into a visual spectacle with stunning lighting. All the decoration was done by Renu Mediratta from Events 2 Dream.
Rohit Revo, Editor, Indian Herald, one of the event supporters commented, “We’re pleased that Renu Mediratta chose Lung Foundation Australia and Cancer Council NSW to support at this event. The event helped raise awareness of cancer and the work some of the research organisations are doing to support people affected by cancer.”
Lung Foundation Australia responds to the need to reduce the significant and debilitating cost of lung disease to individuals and the community and to provide information and support to patients, their families and carers who are impacted by a lung condition, while Cancer Council NSW has funded over $70 million of cancer research in the last 5 years.
Said Renu, “I am forever grateful for the level of support that these organisations have provided my family and I through the toughest of times. These charities not only fund research to find a cure, they also support patients and their carers and undertakes community awareness activity and advocacy around Australia.”
Pictures Courtesy: RAJ B. Photography