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Indian Associationís Gala Dinner

The executive members of the India Association

The India Association UK donates £100,000 to much needed research into the cure for AIDS and Cancer. At a gala dinner which was hosted to celebrate the "Great Walk" undertaken by the chairman, Mr. Balwant Grewal, at the age of 68, in order to raise these funds.

He walked from one end of India to the other and covered over 4000 km in five months to help raise this staggering amount. Over 350 people attended the dinner in Central London together with dignitaries from both Houses of Parliament. Ministers from India House also attended. The event began with national anthems of both India and Britain followed by a cultural programme.

Dr Rami Ranger MBE, chairman of the Events Committee
welcoming the guests.

Mr Balwant Grewal (Bobby) chairman of India Association, thanking all those who supported his walk, morally and financially.

Dr Moses Kepembwa collecting a cheque for £50,000 for research into AIDS

Prof. Colin Green receiving cheque for £50,000 from Mr. Grewal for cancer research at Northwick Park hospital

In a speech, the Events Committee Chairman, Dr Rami Ranger MBE, thanked all those who supported the event especially those who also donated money from their hard earned incomes for these very worthy causes. He also praised the chairman, Mr. Bobby Grewal who sacrificed so much at the young age of 68 for others and further said that what we do for others lives on, but what we do for ourselves dies with us, and that Mr. Grewal’s contribution will be remembered for years to come. A cheque for £50,000 was presented to Professor Colin Green, Professor for Surgical Science, from the University College London and Director of Northwick Park Institute of Medical Science to support research into bowel cancer.

A second cheque for £50,000 was presented to Dr Moses Kepembwa, Consultant Physician, HIV, at St Marks Institute, based in Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow. They both thanked the India Association, and in particular Mr. Grewal for highlighting the need for research into these dreaded diseases in the 21st century. Mr. Virender Sharma, MP for Ealing Southall, praised all those who put back into society, from where we take so much.

Mr Verindra Sharma MP addressing the guests

Lord Mohammed Sheikh praised Indians living in Britain. Mr. Gurpal Gill of the India Association informed that the India Association was engaged in doing a lot more work in India itself. The Chairman, Mr. Balwant Grewal, praised the Executive Committee for supporting him in this endeavour, and also praised the sacrifice of those who came to support him during his walk in India. The Vote of Thanks was given by Mr. Dalbir Sandhu, also of the India Association. He thanked the Minister from India House, Mr. Gitesh Sarma and Monica Mohta, Minister and Head of Nehru Centre for gracing the event with their presence and for representing the High Commission and giving the event a real Indian touch. Finally, the guests danced to the tunes of the world famous Tony Patti disco till late.

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