The South Asian Ball – The Festival of Colours – in support of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation is more than just a charity event. The fundraising gala a glamourous evening offering scintillating entertainment and opulent charm. In partnership with leaders of the local South Asian community, the inaugural ball was held in May 2016 and helped purchase life-saving equipment at Markham Stouffville Hospital including three new electrocardiogram carts.

This year’s event is slated for April 28 and organizers hope to raise $200,000 to continue to transform cardiac care at the hospital.

Funds raised from the 2018 event will support the purchase of a complete echocardiography system. The new system will enable the introduction of two new types of cardiac diagnostic examinations and significantly reduce the number of cardiac transfers for patients.

According to Suzette Strong, MSH Foundation CEO, the hospital needs the support of the community through fundraising events because the government doesn’t fund all of the critical equipment needs of the hospital.

“The continued support of the community will drive innovation and enable growth at MSH ensuring that our growing community continues to receive the excellent patient care it relies on, today and into the future,” she said, in a news release.

Visit mshf.on.ca/festivalofcolours for more information.

Photo, from the left: 2018 Festival of Colours committee members Bill Bachra, Dr. Ajai Pasricha, Sam Wadera, Max Mehta, Pradeep Sood, Nita Shastri, Kate O’Dette, Annu Sood and Imtiaz Seyid.