Funds from festival events make a difference

Members of musical collective Sweet Melodies will perform at the Navrang 2015 festival, which celebrates the religious festival Navratri.
Members of musical collective Sweet Melodies will perform at the Navrang 2015 festival, which celebrates the religious festival Navratri.

FUNDS raised at a series of cultural events hosted by the northern suburbs Hindu community have gone to three charities this year.

Darch resident Lalit Doolabh said the Navrang organisers raised $18,050 over four nights in 2014, which they have shared between the charities.

“A donation totalling $12,000 was made to Lions Outback Vision in conjunction with Diabetes WA for an $82,000 machine called Iridex TxCell,” he said.

“It is a scanning laser machine for diabetic retinopathy (and) will treat diseases that are caused in the macula that prevent central vision.”

Mr Doolabh said the band donated another $2000 to Lions Outback Vision for the Hyfrecator 2000 machine, to be used in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions to treat about 800 people for ingrown eyelashes.

He said Wangara’s Wheelchairs for Kids received $4050 to build chairs for disabled and disadvantaged children in developing countries.

“27 were donated 20 went to Fiji and seven to Samoa,” he said.

Navrang 2015 celebrates the religious festival Navratri on October 16, 17, 23 and 24.