Charity

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.

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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.