The Team at Patel Pike have a long history working in and for their communities.
Kanu Patel, Director and Founder of Patel Pike, comes from a family deeply embedded in charity work, community projects and fundraising efforts.
Kanu’s father had a great love for the community and was involved in fundraising for two temples, one in his local village Matvad in India and another in Leicester in U.K
Kanu’s younger brother Bharat and his wife Avril have committed their lives to finding kidney donors and raising awareness in the community on the importance of kidney transplants and organ donations.
It is no surprise then that Kanu too became involved in charity work. His first fundraising effort for Kiwanis Mt Roskill Club saw him bagging chicken poo and selling it as garden manure.
Over twenty five years ago, Kanu received a simple request to become the honorary treasurer of the Auckland Indian Association. From here his involvement in the organisation grew deeper resulting in committing enormous amounts of voluntary time as well as undertaking leadership responsibilities.
At that time, the Auckland Indian Association had a small hall in Victoria Street. For some time they had been planning to purchase land and build a community centre. In 1989, they had the opportunity to purchase 145 New North Road for $1.8 million and convert the old Findlays Bakery into a community centre.
With only $100,000 in savings they group had a massive task ahead to collect the necessary funds. A campaign was launched to seek funding where attracting donations became a very critical and important task.
Through hard work and the enthusiasm of many volunteers, the money was raised not only for the purchase of the property, but also to build the community centre where the Light for Life Charity Dinner will be held on 29 October 2016. Kanu and his team also managed to build a temple on the site continuing his father’s great legacy.
Another key member of the Patel Pike family, Jatin Patel is a community minded leader and fundraiser extraordinaire. His commitment to going the extra mile to help others is evidenced by his fundraising successes and his genuine pride in the contributions he makes. Whether he is washing dishes, seeking sponsorship, peddling his way around the country or arranging gala dinners, Jatin makes a difference…and he keeps doing it.
Jatin is also an independent member of the Totara Hospice Board of Trustees.
The next big thing he is focussing his attention on is the Light for Life Charity Fundraising Dinner in support of South Auckland Hospice and the Cancer Society. www.patelpike.co.nz/events for details.
In support of the Cancer Society, Totara Hospice South Auckland & Starship Foundation – Patel Pike, Don Ha Real Estate, Ashon Ventures & National Flower Traders are the major supporters of the Light for Life Charity Fundraising Dinner.
This fundraising event has been planned to coincide with Diwali – the Festival of Light. The aim is to bring together 600 people to celebrate this important festival while raising awareness and funds that will directly benefit South Auckland Hospice and the Cancer Society.
Last year the Light for Life Charity Fundraising Dinner was held on Saturday 29 October 2016 at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Eden Terrace and raised $106,000
This year the Light for Life Charity Fundraising Dinner will be held on Saturday 28 October 2017 at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Eden Terrace.
Every day around 60 people are diagnosed with cancer in New Zealand and there are 22 cancer deaths. That’s why PatelPike are getting involved.
Secure a table now and be part of an amazing cultural event supporting three very worthy causes. This is your chance to celebrate light and life.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
All donations for this event are not eligible for a tax rebate.
To sponsor this event, for ticket sales or for more information contact Jatin Patel on 09 377 4238 or mobile 0272914149 or go to www.patelpike.co.nz/events.
Jatin’s commitment to hard work and raising money for the organisations he is passionate about is arguably unparalleled. Always with an event on the horizon, the list of achievements continues to grow. Take a few minutes to read through an impressive line-up of events he has participated in and the money he has raised to support a number of different organisations.
November 2013 – Cycled 200kms over two days in The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Cancer Society Auckland. Achieved Ambassador status and no. 8 position in top 100 fundraisers in NZ – Raised $11k
November 2014 – Again cycled 200kms over two days in The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Cancer Society Auckland – Raised $15k
April 2015 – This time it was 100kms per day over seven days, cycling the length of the North Island from Cape Reinga to Masterton in the Tour of New Zealand. That’s 700km in seven days to raise funds and awareness for Tearfunds’ rescue operations for victims of sex trafficking in South East Asia – Raised $10k
November 2015 – Aucklands’ Bike the Bridge raised money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis providing assistance for people living everyday with this incurable disease.
April 2016 – Jatin along with three other team mates formed the Divine Feet to complete the Oxfam Trail 50km Walk which they did in under 14 hours. The event raises vital funds for Oxfam which is an independent, secular, non-government organisation working for a future without poverty – Raised $3k
March 2016 – Jatin was back on his bike cycling 300km in three days in the Queenstown Classic 25000spins cycle challenge again raising money for Tearfund. This race takes riders from Queenstown, over the Crown Range and back to Queenstown to raise awareness for the issue of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. The money raised enables Tearfund to protect, rescue and rehabilitate victims as well as apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators. Raised $10k
October 2016 – The Light for Life Charity Fundraising Dinner was held on Saturday October 29 to raise valuable funds for both the South Auckland Hospice and the Cancer Society. Successfully Raised $106,000
April 2017 – Jatin cycled again in support of Tearfund, Jatin competed in the South Island Tour of New Zealand from April 1-8, 2017. He pedalled an averaging of 100km a day over seven days from Queenstown to Picton to raise funds and awareness for Tearfunds’ rescue operations of victims of sex trafficking in South East Asia – Raised $10k plus
July 2017 – A new year and a new challenge to raise money for Tearfund. The 2017 25000 spins London to Paris is an amazing four day charity cycle challenge starting in the UK’s capital, moving through the English countryside over to rural France and on to the heart of Paris, finishing under the Eiffel Tower! Raised $3k
Jatin is a long-time supporter of Hospice and Totara Hospice in particular. He helps out in the kitchens most weeks, regularly fundraises for them and equally importantly is now an independent member of the Board of Trustees. Totara Hospice need to raise over $3.5m each year to subsidise the $5m in Government funding that they receive. Jatin’s fundraising efforts make up a huge part of this, enabling Totara Hospice to provide free services to those dying of a life limiting illness while also supporting their families.
In 2014, Totara Hospice provided over 13,000 interventions to patients and families. Visit http://www.hospice.co.nz/ for more information about the vital service they provide in our community.
Thanks to everyone who has supported and sponsored Kanu, Jatin and their teams in these many and varied events over the years.
By supporting the amazing work that South Auckland Hospice and the Cancer Society do you are enabling these two charities to provide support to families and end of life care to cancer patients in our communities. Your ongoing support, no matter how small does make a difference.